Wynyard software to help bust criminal gang active in 34 states in the US

Crime fighting software to help 92 police agencies and selected FBI agencies to fight Felony Lane Gang Identity Theft Ring

The Felony Lane Gang Task Force will use Wynyard Group and CI Technologies software to strengthen the investigation into a criminal group operating across the United States for more than five years and is responsible for stealing tens of millions of dollars in at least 34 states.

The task force was formed to fight the Felony Lane Gang, composed of over 100 thieves that steal victims’ purses, checkbooks and identity cards by smashing car windows and then forges checks on the victims’ accounts.

Using checkbooks and ID cards stolen from vehicles, the gang hires or coerces recruits who resemble the victims to conduct the fraud. The thieves often used wigs in order to look more like their victims.

The Felony Lane Gang acquired its name based on the members' habit of using the furthest lane from video cameras and tellers of drive-through bank branches to cash stolen checks of up to $2000.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana is responsible for collecting and analysing intelligence data from the agencies involved in the investigation.

Wynyard will enable the Task Force to harness its collective information and rapidly surface actionable intelligence to help crack this notorious network of fast-moving and organised criminals.

Craig Richardson, Wynyard Group

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The combination of CrimeNtel’s data warehousing system and Wynyard Advanced Crime Analytics will allow crime analysts across the country to input and access data and discover relationships, insights, patterns, anomalies and timelines that can be used to identify and prosecute suspects successfully.

Craig Richardson, Wynyard Group CEO, said the Task Force’s use of Wynyard’s crime fighting software shows how multiple agencies can build a more comprehensive picture of a person of interest to coordinate efforts, dynamically assess risk and respond immediately to alerts.

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“Law enforcement continually has been hampered by the fact that gang members recruit local females to cash the checks,” said Richardson.

While the women impersonating victims are often caught, the men who are the key gang members, have been difficult to track and identify. This is because they travel at speed across the country and are unconnected to their recruits. Not living in the area where the crimes are committed means they are unknown to the local agencies.

“Wynyard will enable the Task Force to harness its collective information and rapidly surface actionable intelligence to help crack this notorious network of fast-moving and organised criminals," said Richardson.

Wynyard Advanced Crime Analytics will let investigators and analysts perform link analysis, mapping, visualisation and other techniques to discover relationships between suspects and gain often unexpected insights that can aid investigators to solve crimes faster and more efficiently.

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