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2 arrested for allegedly stealing ID info from school employees, opening lines of credit

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Two people have been arrested on suspicion of identity theft, with “numerous” victims employed by a local school district, the Kern County Sheriff's Office said.

Sgt. Stephen Wells, the Sheriff's Office spokesman, declined to name the school district, citing the ongoing investigation.

Marlene Alva and Kenneth McGill, both 30, are accused of using the stolen information to open lines of credit. Wells said the suspects used the fraudulently obtained credit at multiple businesses, but they were caught when they revisited a tire store.

Wells said they’re still investigating how the personal information – including names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers – was stolen. He said the suspects have no known link to the victims at the school district.

Anyone with information helpful to the investigation is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (661) 861-3110 or the Secret Witness hotline at 322-4040.

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