SP woman arrested on suspicion of identity theft, fraud, burglary
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: December 12, 2012
A Santa Paula woman out on bail from Santa Barbara County for identity theft was arrested last week in connection with similar charges allegedly involving multiple victims throughout Ventura County.
Aysha Scott, 27, was arrested December 5 after a search of her home by detectives from the Camarillo Detectives Bureau and Camarillo Special Enforcement Unit who served a search warrant at the residence in the 200 block of 11th Street. According to a Ventura County Sheriff’s Department statement, during the search detectives recovered a “large amount of stolen property, stolen credit cards, stolen mail and items used for identity theft purposes.”
Although detectives have already identified multiple theft victims from throughout the county, the statement notes that, “Based on the amount of evidence the detectives are sifting through, the investigation and victim identification is ongoing.” The victims are also being told they are potentially victims of identity theft.
Scott was arrested on suspicion of numerous counts of fraud, theft and burglary. Her bail was set at $300,000.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department noted, “This is a good time to remind everyone that identity thieves can gain your personal information from multiple sources. They break into your cars, steal your mail, and use skimmer machines at gas stations and retail establishments. They can also get your information from the Internet and from your trash.
“You can help prevent identity theft by using paper shredders to destroy bills and important documents, using locked mailboxes, and by not giving out your personal information over the phone or the Internet. Banks and credit organizations will never call you and ask you for your pin code or Social Security number.”
The sheriff’s department added, “Once a year you should check your credit history to ensure you do not have any unauthorized accounts on your credit.” The report is available for free online at: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/freereports/index.shtml