The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has in custody two suspects connected to a fraud ring that targeted a local big-box chain store and is asking for the public’s help in identifying three additional suspects.
The two suspects currently in custody are identified as 43-year-old Ayesha Wilson of Long Beach and 34-year-old Nanette Macon of Adelanto, whom the LBPD says are responsible for 39 identity-theft incidents committed at the Sam’s Club store located at 7480 E. Carson St., as far back as 2009.
The ongoing investigation led detectives to Wilson and Macon, and the case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The DA’s office subsequently filed 21 counts of identity theft against Wilson and 18 counts of identity theft against Macon. Their preliminary hearing will be held in May in Long Beach Superior Court.
With the assistance of Walmart Global Investigations, the investigative unit of Walmart, which is the parent company of Sam’s Club, it was determined that three additional suspects were a part of the same fraud ring and were responsible for at least 10 additional cases of identity theft. These suspects would also establish credit accounts using personal identifying information from various victims, mostly located out of state. They would then engage in fraudulent transactions with Sam’s Club, purchasing various items including gift cards and electronics, such as tablets and computers. Detectives have not been able to identify the three outstanding suspects by name, but they believe they are located in the Los Angeles County area and are hoping someone may recognize them in photos taken at Sam’s Club at the time they established accounts.
Those who may have information on the identities of these suspects are asked to call Long Beach Police Identity Theft Detective Andre Sanchez at (562) 570-7602. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting lacrimestoppers.org .