Suspects in organized crime investigation extradited to Midland
MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - Two suspects in an organized crime investigation involving more than $1 million have been extradited to Midland.
According to Midland County Sheriff David Criner, John and Cynthia Warren were booked in the Midland County Jail on Wednesday.
Both John and Cynthia have been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, a first-degree felony. John has also been charged with theft of property of more than $300,000, a first-degree felony.
According to the Midland County Sheriff’s Office, an investigation began back in September of 2020 when the Midland County Auditor’s Office reported a theft involving Vector Fleet Management and/or employees of the company.
The investigation revealed that John Warren of Vector Fleet Management had submitted invoices to Midland County in the amount of $1,003,776.66. The Sheriff’s Office says these invoices were fraudulent.
Vector Fleet Management later revealed to investigators that Warren had charged $1,319,588.88 to false companies on a company credit card, according to MCSO.
A release states that further investigation revealed that Justin Warren knowingly helped John to commit the theft. Investigators also learned that John, Cynthia and Justin allegedly participated in the profits of the theft. Sheriff David Criner says this qualified as engaging in organized crime.
Both John and Cynthia were arrested in Lowndes County, Georgia. Justin was arrested and booked in Midland County and has since been released.
Authorities have seized approximately 50 vehicles and equipment in Lowndes County and 24 vehicles and equipment in Odessa.
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