Kinecta Teller Charged In ID Theft
A teller at Kinecta Federal Credit Union allegedly stole members' personal information and supplied it to accomplices to create counterfeit checks, police said.
The ring allegedly victimized 36 credit union members, mostly surrounding the credit union's Torrance branch, where the teller worked. The bogus checks were cashed at banks in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties.
The teller, identified as Yina Cox, 20, of Lomita, had access to Social Security and account numbers. Arrested and charged with her were her brother, Alvis Richards, 29, of Hawthorne, and Santino Hamilton, 33, of Whittier.