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Fraud investigation leads to indictments of racketeering

Reported by: Kelsey Thomas
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Updated: 11/22/2013 6:40 pm
Employees at a Las Vegas agency that claimed to help you boost your credit score are now indicted on forgery and racketeering charges. Metro police say a year-long investigation found hundreds of forged police reports as part of the alleged scheme. News 3's Kelsey Thomas is outside Metro headquarters with more on the investigation.

LAS VEGAS (Las Vegas Sun) -- Metro Police are seeking several suspects in a racketeering scheme that involved boosting credit scores through falsified police reports.

The Metro Police financial crimes bureau started the investigation into Tradeline Pros, a credit adjustment firm at 2800 E. Sahara Ave., in August 2012.

Metro Police, in a release distributed Friday, say the company produced more than 100 forged police reports from a variety of police agencies.

The fake reports were then submitted to credit agencies as evidence to eliminate negative items from a client’s credit report and increase their credit score. For example, a police report may claim the client’s identity was stolen and they are not responsible for the debt accrued on their accounts.

Metro Police identified several suspects. Arrest warrant have been issued for James Kobernusz, 36; Salim Rashid, 20; Arthur Bethae, 46; and Donnie Coloma, 26. They are all facing charges of racketeering, establishing a financial forgery laboratory and forgery.

Denise Navarro, Shaqif Berla, Michael Olden, Patrick Williams, Janette Navarro and Leticia Menjivar have also been charged in the case.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or the suspects may contact the Metro Police fraud section at 828-3590, or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

-- Tovin Lapan / Las Vegas Sun
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