Kinecta FCU Teller Charged In IdentityTheft Ring

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MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. - (06/26/06) – A teller at Kinecta FCUallegedly stole members’ personal information and supplied itto accomplices to create counterfeit checks, police said Friday.The ring allegedly victimized 36 credit union members, mostlysurrounding the credit union’s Torrance branch, where theteller worked. The bogus checks were cashed at banks in LosAngeles, Orange and Riverside counties. The teller, identified asYina Cox, 20, of Lomita, had access to Social Security and accountnumbers. Arrested and charged with her were her brother, AlvisRichards, 29, of Hawthorne, and Santino Hamilton, 33, ofWhittier.

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