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Seven charged for jailhouse phone scam
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CLEARFIELD — Warrants have been issued for three of seven former Davis County Jail inmates who were charged with  identity theft and communications fraud in a scam operated from inside the jail.

The seven are Michael Rivera, Eric Kamahele, Aurora Florez, Frances Nicole Ramirez, Brandie Suiter, Tina Deluna and Nikkol Guarjardo, according to the Clearfield Police Department. 

Rivera is in the Utah State Prison, Kamaheleis in federal prison, and Suitor and Ramirez have been arrested within the past few days, according to Clearfield Police Sgt.  Kyle Jeffries.

The seven have been charged in 2nd District Court with second-degree felony communications fraud, third-degree felony identity fraud and second-degree felony pattern of unlawful activity.

The seven are accused of using stolen identities to set up phone accounts through CenturyLink with the help of family and friends, according to police.

The inmates would allegedly call fake lines collect from the jail and talk for free with anyone they wanted, charging the bill to the person from whom they stole the identity.

The scam spread quickly as inmates were released from one  jail and were later picked up and incarcerated at other facilities.

“They would take the scam with them,” Jeffries said. “Now  we believe it’s quite widespread.”

Two victims have been identified as living in Clearfield, and other known victims live in Layton and Davis County, Jeffries said.

mwilliams@davisclipper.com

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