COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (December 5, 2016) — A Colorado Springs woman is accused of operating an “identity theft laboratory” and stealing the identities of more than 100 victims, according to police.
Police said on September 6, they learned that someone had stolen a check from the mail, altered it, and cashed it. Officers identified the suspects as 35-year-old James McHenry and 26-year-old Kali Watson.
On Thursday, McHenry was sentenced to four years in prison for an unrelated identity theft and forgery conviction. That same day, police arrested Watson on an outstanding warrant for forgery and narcotics violation. Officers searched her apartment and found illegal narcotics, along with an identity theft laboratory, according to police. Police estimate there were more than 100 victims of identity theft.
Charges against Watson are pending.
UPDATE (January 5, 2017): Watson is now charged with identity theft, forgery, possession of identity theft tools, criminal possession of a financial device, criminal trespass, possession of controlled substances, and child abuse.
Police said more charges may be filed against both suspects.