PALM SPRINGS – A Victorville man was in custody today for allegedly trying to access a city of Palm Springs bank account, and officials were investigating whether similar crimes may have been committed against other cities.
Ryan J. Carter, 35, was arrested Friday at his home on suspicion of identity theft. He allegedly “made multiple fraudulent attempts” to access a city account and open lines of credit. The city’s Treasurer’s office notified police of the alleged fraud in April, according to Palm Springs Sgt. William Hutchinson.
Police say Carter is not a former municipal employee and has no known association with the city of Palm springs. It’s unknown how Carter allegedly obtained the city’s banking information or whether he has targeted any other cities in a similar fashion, but “investigators are looking into that possibility,” Hutchinson said.
Following his arrest, Palm Springs police searched Carter’s home, where “evidence related to this specific case and additional crimes related to identity theft and fraud were discovered and seized,” Hutchinson alleged.
Multiple fake IDs were allegedly found at the Victorville home.
Carter, who is expected to make his initial court appearance on Tuesday, is being held at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning in lieu of $1 million bail.