US police use facial ID tech to find man accused of prolific identity theft scam


Surveillance footage from two Sacramento businesses where the fraudulent cards were used revealed a man using the card while accompanied by a woman, according to police. — Image by rawpixel.com on Freepik

Officials in the East Bay said they used facial recognition technology to identify a Sacramento County man allegedly caught on camera using fraudulent credit cards to steal thousands of dollars.

Christopher Briscoe, 56, was arrested at his Fair Oaks home by Pinole police. There, police said, they found Briscoe had been running an identity theft scheme out of his dining room using credit card coding machines and an identification card manufacturing lab. Police recovered several forged checks and the personal information of numerous victims, according to the Police Department.

Police began investigating Briscoe in October after a Pinole woman reported that someone had opened three fraudulent credit cards on her business account and charged US$6,600 (RM30,858) to them, officials said.

Surveillance footage from two Sacramento businesses where the fraudulent cards were used revealed a man using the card while accompanied by a woman, according to police.

Officials used facial recognition technology to identify the woman through prior booking photos, the Police Department said. Police interviewed the woman and said she identified Briscoe as the man seen using the fraudulent cards.

Police began to surveil Briscoe leading up to his arrest this week. When detectives interviewed Briscoe, he allegedly confessed to the entire operation, according to the Police Department.

Briscoe has been booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on suspicion of forgery, identity theft, possession of personal identifying information and making fictitious checks. Jail records show he is being held on US$90,000 (RM420,795) bail. – San Francisco Chronicle/Tribune News Service

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