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Dumpster divers charged in credit info theft ring

Individuals face prison time, restitution

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Five Dallas individuals were indicted last week for their role in a mail theft ring that operated in the area since February 2004, according to a U.S. Attorney's office statement. The defendants charged are Vito Anthony Rizzo, 20, of Garland, Texas; Paul Norman Hataluk, 46, of Mesquite, Texas; Michael Wayne Hough, 24, of Garland, Texas; Angelina Marie Simmons, 30, of Garland, Texas; and Keren Alisa Lasky Glenn, 34, of Dallas. According to the indictment, the defendants allegedly schemed to possess embezzled and stolen mail, or the contents of that mail, and to go through that mail looking for things of value, such as checks, credit cards, credit card numbers, credit card convenience checks, and other identifying information. Also as part of the scheme, they allegedly used computer equipment to make counterfeit checks from stolen mail. They would use or attempt to use the items to purchase good and services, or would accept these items as payment for services. As part of th...