On July 20, 2016, the Lake County, Illinois Sheriff’s Office obtained information that an organized criminal enterprise from New York was attempting to make fraudulent purchases at various Apple stores in the Chicago area. Further investigation revealed the offenders involved were using stolen identities and stolen credit card numbers of victims throughout the United States, to make the purchases.

Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives began an immediate investigation. Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives along with Lake County Sheriff’s Office Highway Patrol Deputies began conducting increased patrols and surveillance at the Deer Park Apple retail store.

On July 20, 2016, Nicole E. Cannon, 21, of New York, New York, attempted to purchase Apple products at the Deer Park Apple store with a fraudulent identity and counterfeit credit cards.

On July 22, 2016, Gisselle Diaz, 41, of Elmhurst, New York, also attempted to purchase Apple products at the Deer Park Apple store with a fraudulent identity.

On July 24, 2016, the following individuals were all involved in attempting to fraudulently purchase Apple products at the Deer Park Apple store:
Corbett Ortiz, 26, of New York, New York
Quintin Ortiz, 18, of Bronx, New York
Melinda Aquino, 21, of Bronx, New York
Frank Aulet, 20, of Bronx, New York

During the investigation, Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives successfully recovered over $10,000.00 worth of stolen Apple products from the offenders.

Lake County Illinois mugshots

All of the above individuals were arrested by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and subsequently charged with:

Cannon:
• Burglary (Class 2 Felony)
• Possession of a Counterfeit Credit Card (Class 3 Felony)
• Use of a Counterfeit Credit Card (Class 3 Felony)
• Unlawful Use of a Fraudulent ID to Commit Theft (Class 3 Felony)
• Identity Theft (Class 3 Felony)
• Forgery (Class 3 Felony)
Cannon is currently being held at the Lake County Jail on $125,000.00 bail. Her next court date is August 17, 2016, at 1:30PM in courtroom C-120.

Diaz:
• Retail Theft (Class 2 Felony)
• Identity Theft (Class 2 Felony)
• Burglary (Class 2 Felony)
Diaz is currently being held at the Lake County Jail on $75,000.00 bail. Her next court date is July 28, 2016, at 1:30PM in courtroom C-120.

Corbett Ortiz:
• Burglary (Class 2 Felony)
• Possession of a Counterfeit Credit Card (Class 3 Felony)
• Use of a Counterfeit Credit Card (Class 3 Felony)
• Unlawful Use of a Fraudulent ID to Commit Theft (Class 3 Felony)
• Identity Theft (Class 3 Felony)
• Forgery (Class 3 Felony)
Corbett Ortiz is currently being held without bail at the Lake County Jail. He is due in court on July 25, 2016, at 9:00AM in courtroom C-120.

Quintin Ortiz:
• Burglary (Class 2 Felony)
• Possession of a Counterfeit Credit Card (Class 3 Felony)
• Unlawful Use of a Fraudulent ID to Commit Theft (Class 3 Felony)
• Identity Theft (Class 3 Felony)
• Forgery (Class 3 Felony)
Quintin Ortiz is currently being held without bail at the Lake County Jail. He is due in court on July 25, 2016, at 9:00AM in courtroom C-120.

Aquino:
• Burglary (Class 2 Felony)
• Possession of a Counterfeit Credit Card (Class 3 Felony)
• Unlawful Use of a Fraudulent ID to Commit Theft (Class 3 Felony)
• Identity Theft (Class 3 Felony)
Aquino is currently being held at the Lake County Jail on $150,000.00 bail. Her next court date is July 26, 2016, at 1:30PM in courtroom C-120.

Aulet:
• Possession of a Counterfeit Credit Card (Class 3 Felony)
• Possession of a Fraudulent ID to Commit Theft (Class 3 Felony)
• Identity Theft (Class 3 Felony)
Aulet is currently being held at the Lake County Jail on $250,000.00 bail. His next court date is July 26, 2016, at 1:30PM in courtroom C-120.

Sheriff Curran reminds the public that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Source: Lake County, IL

MacDailyNews Take: Yet another reminder that crime against Apple doesn’t pay – unless, of course, you’re named Microsoft, Google or Samsung.