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2 arrested in national ID theft ring
2 arrested in national ID theft ring


ATLANTA -- Two local men were arrested Wednesday for their roles in a national identity theft ring.

Robert A. Smith, 46, was taken into custody at his Atlanta condo, while 49-year-old Robert A. Hill was arrested at his home in Roswell.

According to the investigation, Hill and Smith were among several suspects across the country who obtained fake driver's licenses under victims' names and used those identities to apply for credit at big box retailers, including Target, Sam's Club and Walmart.

After buying expensive items at these stores, investigators said the suspects would sell them on eBay. They said Hill had been involved in this scheme for more than 15 years and had stolen about $9 million from his victims.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office assisted U.S. Secret Services agents with the case, as several of Hill and Smith's apparent victims lived in Cherokee County. The investigation began when a Cherokee resident reported someone opening credit card accounts in his or her name.

"Identity fraud is . . . [a] growing crime in the U.S. today," Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison said in a statement. "This agency is committed to aggressively investigating this type of crime, and I am very pleased with the outcome of this case." 

Cherokee County investigators seized several pieces of evidence during their investigation, including a 1999 Lexus, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and more than $91,000 in cash.

As of Thursday morning, Hill was out of jail on $110,400 bond. Smith remained in custody with no bond. Police expect to make more arrests in this case.