GREEN BAY AREA REGIONAL NEWS: Brown County

UPDATE: Two arrested for theft, fraud facing combined 51 charges

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MONDAY 7/1/2019 4:26 p.m.

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) — The two women arrested last month at a De Pere bank for attempting to cash a fraudulent check were charged in court Monday.

Anjelica Marsala, 26, faces a total of 39 charges, including 20 counts of forgery.

Ashley Blevins, 24, was charged with only 12 charges, including fraud, forgery, and party to a crime.

According to the criminal complaint, $30,048.00 worth of fraudulent checks were cashed in Brown County and $33,461.99 fraudulent checks cashed outside of the county. Officials say $8,604.11 were attempted to be cashed, but were unsuccessful.

Below are the incidents Marsala is believed to be involved in:

  • May 23
    • A woman presented a total of $14,786 worth of fraudulent checks to be cashed at five different locations: one Associated Bank branch and four Nicolet National Bank branches
    • All eight checks involved were made payable to a woman from two other individuals, all of whom reported checks, debit cards, and/or IDs stolen earlier in the month
    • Two different licenses plates were used during the day, all attached to one Nissan SUV not connected to the plates
  • May 24
    • Six checks were presented, totaling $11,150
    • Four different Fox Communities Credit Union locations were impacted
    • Checks were made payable to one woman, also involved in May 23’s activities, and two individuals were the owners of the checks
  • June 11
    • Community First Credit Union in Bellevue reported one $1,832.00 check was presented
  • June 19
    • Three checks were presented at three different Fox Communities Credit Union
  • June 20
    • One check, totaling $1,965.89, was presented at Nicolet National Bank in De Pere
    • Officers were notified of the suspicious activity and Marsala and Belvin were then arrested

In total:

  • Three stolen license plates were reportedly used
  • At least 10 individuals, with stolen property, were affected
  • 19 checks were presented to tellers

Blevins, in a statement included in the criminal complaint, says she referred to Blevins as “Jewel.”

According to the statement, Marsala “had some sort of a case in Chicago and [was] not supposed to have left the state.”

Blevins explained she is “homeless and needed money.”

She went on to say four men picked her up in Knoxville, say she “could make some money.” Blevins says she was then taken to Florida “for about a month.”

In early June, Blevins says she was driven by a man in the SUV she and Marsala were arrested with on June 20. She was transported to Indianapolis for a short period of time, according to the report.

Blevins told officials the man driving her would change the plates on the vehicle while in Indianapolis. While her, the man told her he wanted her to cash fraudulent checks.

“I was supposed to get paid 10% from every check,” Blevins told officials.

After spending some time in Indianapolis, Blevins said she and the man went to Chicago. After staying their for awhile, Blevins said the man drove them up to Green Bay on May 18.

Here, she was put in the SUV with Marsala. They were reportedly then told to cash the fraudulent checks.

Blevins told officials her and Marsala had wigs to disguise themselves with.

According to the report, Blevins admitted to presenting fraudulent checks at the locations which experienced the suspicious activity on June 19. She also reportedly identified Marsala in the “numerous surveillance images” shown to her by officials as well as herself.

The document also says Blevins identified one of the men staying with her and Marsala in surveillance from a Walmart.

Cellphone evidence detailed in the report connects the women to a man who reportedly organized the crimes as well as victims of identity theft mentioned in the investigation.

Marsala is also facing charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

There is no word yet as to when the women will appear in court.

Two arrested at De Pere bank, potential Felony Lane Gang members

SATURDAY 6/22/2019 7:15 a.m.

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) — The Brown County Sheriff’s Office says they have taken two females into custody after they reportedly attempted to cash a fraudulent check at a bank in De Pere.

According to officials, bank employees on Thursday “quickly identified the activity to be consistent with Felony Lane Gang (FLG) and promptly notified local Law Enforcement.”

The driver of the vehicle who was arrested was identified as 26-year-old Anjelica Marsala. The Sheriff’s Office says they believe Marsala has been involved with “FLG style fraud” in Wisconsin since late April to early May of 2019.

Anjelica Marsala | Photo courtesy of Brown County Sheriff’s Office

Officers say her accomplice on Thursday was 24-year-old Ashley Blevins.

Ashley Blevins | Photo courtesy of Brown County Sheriff’s Office

According to information provided by officials, the females were reportedly brought to Wisconsin by FLG organizer(s) from Florida.

Officials went on to say a number of out of state rental vehicles were used and all of the identified displayed local license plates were confirmed to be stolen.

The Sheriff’s Office says the investigation remains open and ongoing with “additional arrest(s) anticipated in the future.”

Search warrants have been executed on the suspect vehicle, which reportedly in part resulted in the recovery of 29 different style wigs used to disguise members of the FLG.

Officials estimate the total loss thus far to be about $50,000.

Anyone, including financial institutions, who believe they are a victim of Identity Theft are encouraged to contact local law enforcement.

Brown County Sheriff’s Office seeking help in identifying suspect of fraud, ID theft

THURSDAY 5/30/2019 5:30 p.m.

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) — The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the community’s help in identifying a suspect believed to be connected to a gang performing bank fraud and identity theft. 

According to the sheriff’s office, the female suspect pictured above is believed to be related to the “Felony Lane Gang (FLG).”

The FBI describes the FLG as:

“A group of organized burglary and identity theft rings originating in South Florida and operating in multiple jurisdictions throughout the U.S. These decentralized crews often operate independently, with a loose hierarchy mimicking the method of operations outlined below. 

Since the victims are almost always female, FLG subjects have been known to recruit women, often prostitutes and drug users, from outside of the group to impersonate the victims.

These women are known to successfully utilize disguises, such as wigs. The subjects will strategically choose the farthest window from the teller, in bank drive-thru lanes, to impersonate the customer while using a stolen ID. This drive-thru lane is commonly known as the “felony lane”, thus coining the name of this criminal enterprise.”

The FBI further explains the group frequently uses rental vehicles with heavily-tinted windows to conduct surveillance of parking lots. 

There, individuals will steal IDs, credit cards, and checkbooks from unattended vehicles. 

According to officials, the gang often does this at gyms, fitness centers, daycares, and recreation areas where women are more likely to leave their purses in their vehicles.

Once they have the stolen articles, FLG members use this to withdraw large sums of money at multiple banks before victims are aware of stolen identities. 

Officials say Nicolet National Bank locations in Suamico, Howard, Bellevue, and Green Bay were targeted by an unknown female with a total estimated loss of over $13,000.00. 

The issuer and the payee of some of the checks used reportedly belonged to both victims of car break-ins at a health club in Kaukauna. 

The sheriff’s office reports another issuer on other fraudulent checks was the victim of a car break-in in Mequon. 

Officers say the suspect vehicle, pictured above, used two different license plates, both not listed to the vehicle.

More vehicles were also broken into at the same health club in Kaukauna, with preliminary information suggesting numerous instances of fraud and victims throughout Wisconsin, with victims potentially located in Appleton, Grand Chute, Janesville, and Fond du Lac.

Offenders may be from out of state, according to officials, with confirmed fraud associated with the gang throughout the state. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Brown County Sheriff’s Office at 920-448-4230.

Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward by contacting Green Bay Area Crime Stoppers by phone at #920-432-7867, through their website at 432stop.com, or by downloading the P3 tip app through Google Play or the App Store.

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