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Thief arrested for part in $13 million ID theft ring

Dec 21, 2011 Karen Umpierre

NYPD cadet Raymond Gumti was set to graduate from Police Academy on December 22. Instead, he now faces seven years in prison after it was found that he played a role in a $13 million Queens-based identity theft ring, NY Daily News reports. Gumti allegedly used his mother's TD Bank card and PIN number to create a counterfeit card using false ID authentication. He was one of the 111 suspected "shoppers" who used cards to buy such high-end goods as designer handbags, jewelry and electronics from stores including Louis Vuitton, Bloomingdale's and Apple. The New York Post notes Gumti personally charged approximately $13,000 to his mother, who could not be reached for comment. NYPD took down the leaders of the scheme last year in an investigation known by the code name Operation Swiper. It has yet to be determined which crew members Gumti knew or is associated with. Gumti was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument, falsifying business records and criminal facilitation and has been suspended without pay, the Daily News adds.