Suspected Identity thief arrested

Latisha Lak

Jefferson County Sherriff Deputies took an alleged identity thief off the streets after a routine traffic stop in the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 20.

According to a press release, Jefferson County Deputies observed a vehicle speeding over the limit and making an unsafe lane change on Interstate 10 East near Smith Road. They stopped the vehicle, a 2015 BMW, and made contact with the driver, 19-year-old Latisha Lak from Houston, and sole occupant. The deputies smelled the odor of marijuana inside the vehicle and upon questioning; the Lak gave deputies a fake name and date of birth. During a search of the vehicle, deputies discovered numerous credit/debit cards not in Lak’s name and a large number of high dollar items purchased in high-end retail stores. A search of the vehicle yielded a Florida driver’s license with the fake name that she had given. Lak then confessed that was not her real driver’s license. She was placed under arrest for the traffic offenses. It was also discovered that she had a warrant out of San Antonio for failure to identify. She was transported downtown for questioning. Investigators determined that she was in possession of cloned debit cards and her real identity. Lak was taken to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility and booked for failure to identify fugitive and fraudulent use or possession of identifying info. 

Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office also reminds citizens to monitor their bank accounts and check their credit history periodically.