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THP Troopers arrest federal fugitive

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MCMINN COUNTY, TN (WRCB)--- Two troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested four suspects Thursday morning in connection with a possible phishing operation.

The arrests came after officers stopped a 2007 Lexus on I-75 for driving erratically. The driver presented false identification, prompting a search of the car.

During the search, officers discovered stolen computer equipment out of Detroit. Also found were large amounts of paper, including several blank checks, unidentified tax returns, personal information belonging to third parties and written prompts to pose as credit card companies.

The driver, 39-year-old Kenyatta T. Reed was discovered to be a federal fugitive.

Ashley A. Jackson, age 22, Kavin D. Thomas, age 29, and Michael J. Johnson, age 31, were arrested with Reed and taken to the McMinn County Jail.

Reed was charged as a fugitive from justice, along with criminal impersonation, criminal simulation, theft and no driver's license.

Jackson, Thomas and Johnson were all charged with theft and criminal simulation.

The United States Secret Service is investigating.

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