Tuesday Feb 24 2009
Sheriffs make second arrest in Lincoln scam
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
Man allegedly obtained credit with fake social security numbers
Another arrest has been made as investigators uncover a scam running out of a Lincoln man’s business. Placer County Sheriff’s deputies took Keilan Johnson, 29, of Roseville, into custody Monday afternoon on a charge of identity theft. Johnson, who was arrested at his residence in a Roseville apartment complex on the 700 block of Gibson Road, reportedly posted $50,000 bail the same day. Johnson is alleged to have worked with Lincoln’s Jerry Van Le, 29, who was arrested last week on identify theft and grand theft charges, according to Sheriff’s Detective Jim Hudson. Johnson reportedly purchased up to three automobiles and obtained credit using fictitious social security numbers while working alongside Van Le, Hudson said Tuesday. On Tuesday, a financial company’s recovery specialist was repossessing one of four high-priced vehicle authorities seized from Van Le’s alleged Lincoln residence. In addition to taking a $100,000 BMW 645 Ci and a $87,000 Mercedes last week, investigators also impounded a new Toyota Tacoma pickup truck and a $50,000 2003 BMW 745 Li late Monday night, Hudson said. Hudson said Van Le’s father drove from Manteca to turn over the pick up truck. Hudson said authorities suspect the truck was given to the father as a gift. The father, who is not a suspect, “had no idea” about his son’s alleged scam, Hudson said. He said thus far, they’ve collected about $300,000 in cars and $100,000 in credit cards. Hudson said the investigation is ongoing and authorities are still searching for additional suspects, vehicles and other property Van Le may have illegally obtained. “We believe he’s taught more people how to do this,” Hudson said. The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at email@example.com or post a comment.