3 arrests made in condo collapse victim ID thefts

Building Collapse Miami

People stand near a make-shift memorial outside St. Joseph Catholic Church near the Champlain Towers South residential condo, Tuesday, June 29, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. Many people were still unaccounted for after Thursday’s fatal collapse. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors say three people have been arrested on charges involving the theft of the identities of some of the victims of June’s deadly South Florida condominium collapse.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office says Betsy Alexandra Cacho Medina, Rodney Choute and Kimberly Michelle Johnson were arrested Wednesday on multiple charges related to fraud and counterfeiting. Officials say they’ve identified at least five deceased and two living victims from the building, but the investigation continues and more identity theft victims could be found.

The oceanfront Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside collapsed June 24, killing 98 people. Authorities were first notified of possible fraudulent activity on July 9.

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