Sauk County charges linked to multi-state identity theft ring

February 19, 2019

A News Lisbon pair is facing charges in Sauk County in a case that investigators have linked to a multi-state forgery and identity theft ring.

The Sauk County District Attorney’s Office has charged Jacob M. Williams, 26, Sara A. Williams, 27, each with three counts of felony identity theft for financial gain. The charge carries a maximum possible prison sentence of six years.

According to the criminal complaint, a Sauk County Sheriff’s Office detective spoke with a Baraboo woman Feb. 12 who said three checks she mailed out the prior month to pay bills had not been processed.

She later noticed three charges to her checking account at Kwik Trip gas stations in Wisconsin and Minnesota, investigators reported.

The detective obtained surveillance images from the Kwik Trips that allegedly showed Sara and Jacob Williams passing the fraudulent checks.

“I suspected it was Sara and Jacob Williams in the still images, because I was investigating a forgery/ID theft ring involving many victims throughout the State of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Delaware, & Florida,” the criminal complaint states.

The document says the two New Lisbon residents were identified as suspects in that investigation. Officers also compared the image from the surveillance photos to pictures of the two suspects posted on social media and determined they were a match.

Warrants have been issued for the two suspects’ arrests. No court dates have been set.

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