West Chester PD: Traffic stop led to theft ring

West Chester PD: Traffic stop led to theft ring
Posted at 9:41 PM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 21:42:15-05

WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A traffic stop more than four years ago led authorities to a nationwide Internet theft ring, according to the West Chester Township Police Department.

Officers stopped Luis Alonso Caseres, 25, on Feb. 21, 2012 because he didn't have license plates, according to the Journal-News. A police report noted Caseres was arrested and charged with forgery Feb. 28, alleging he'd forged a name to "accept a Western Union money transfer."

West Chester police seized more than $150,000, evidence which is being turned over to the federal government this week, township spokeswoman Barb Wilson said.

Township trustees were scheduled to vote Tuesday on remitting two cashiers checks -- worth $123,298 and $36,104 -- to the U.S. Marshals Service, the Journal-News reported.

Officer Michelle Berling told the Journal-News that money wasn't stolen from just two people, but likely was seized from two different locations or on two different dates. Berling said the West Chester Police Department has been working with the FBI on the case because it crosses state lines, but recently, it was decided the FBI should take over the case.

West Chester Township has numerous tips on how to avoid being scammed online.