- Associated Press - Monday, June 6, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Thirteen suspects are facing a total of 50 federal charges after a federal investigation into an identity theft ring in the Wichita area.

Federal prosecutors say the suspects took mail from boxes and mail rooms across the Wichita region. Some of the suspects stole the mail, while others altered checks, created fake checks or applied for credit cards. Others created fake Kansas driver’s licenses and some bought goods with stolen identities, including weapons and drugs.

Spokesman Jim Cross said Friday this is one of the largest identity theft cases the U.S. attorney in Kansas has ever prosecuted.

The fraud brought in an estimated $3.5 million of stolen money and goods.

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