Florida Condo Collapse Victim Identities Stolen for Shopping Sprees

A trio who went on a luxury shopping spree allegedly stole the identities of some victims of the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida.

Authorities said on Wednesday that Betsy Alejandro Cacho-Medina, Kimberly Michelle Johnson, and Rodney Choute are facing multiple charges related to identity theft. 

They are accused of stealing at least $45,000, not to mention attempting to steal another $67,000.

The scheme was first discovered in July, about 16 days after the Champlain Towers South building was partially destroyed when the sister of a deceased female victim noticed that replacement credit cards in the victim’s name were being sent to a new address.

At a news conference State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said the woman reported “multiple” unauthorized wire transfers from the victim’s account to other accounts, as well as several fraudulent purchases.

Rundle said that among the charges are organized schemes to defraud, identity theft, trafficking in credit cards, and use of fictitious identification.

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