HOUSTON (FOX 26) - The FBI and other law enforcement agencies searched a Cinco Ranch home in Katy. Six people have been taken into custody in the raid, following the return of a 32-count indictment alleging wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, theft of public money and conspiracy to do so as well as aggravated identity theft.
James Johnson, Joseph Johnson, Pickett and Joshua Britton allegedly conspired with themselves and others to steal money from bank accounts by posing as accountholders, creating fake bank accounts online and then transferring money from victim bank accounts or home equity lines of credit. According to the indictment, these four defendants stole money before the fraud could be detected and the funds frozen.
All six are charged with conspiring to file false tax returns and claiming refunds to which they were not entitled. The indictment alleges that once the fraudulent refunds were paid, the conspirators drained the money before it could be frozen. As part of this conspiracy, the indictment also alleges they each engaged in aggravated identity theft by using victims' identification without authorization to commit these offenses.