Interstate identity theft investigation leads to arrest in Fall River

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FALL RIVER — A collaborative effort between law enforcement agencies led to the arrest of a suspect in a multi-state identity theft case on Jan. 18.

Keyshaun Taylor, 28, was apprehended following a search warrant executed at 1820 Highland Avenue by Fall River Major Crimes Division, Portsmouth Police, and Westport Detectives.

The search was the culmination of a month-long investigation initiated by Westport Detectives after two local businesses reported unauthorized bank account transfers.

Taylor had been under surveillance after Portsmouth Police, working with Homeland Security, informed Westport of his suspected criminal activities in Rhode Island, where he was wanted on charges similar to those being investigated in Massachusetts.

During the execution of the search warrant, detectives collected evidence pertinent to the case.

Taylor faces charges from Westport for two counts of larceny over $1,200, twelve counts of identity fraud, and a false statement to obtain a credit card.

After being processed at Fall River Police Department, he was also charged as a fugitive from justice due to the outstanding Rhode Island warrant.

The arrest highlights the ongoing challenge of identity theft, which has become increasingly prevalent.

Authorities urge the public to remain vigilant and take proactive measures to safeguard personal information, particularly online.

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