Athens Police arrest man suspected in multi-state fraud ring

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has identified a suspect who is believed to have been involved in a multi-state fraud ring.

Officials say Anthony Phillips, 60, of Nevada, stole several million dollars worth of merchandise across the country. Phillips was indicted on charges of receiving stolen property, giving false information to law enforcement, and possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Phillips also has warrants from other jurisdictions related to the fraud ring, police say.

The investigation into Phillips began after he was identified as a suspect attempting to make a large purchase using a fraudulently obtained account number, Athens-Clarke County Police say. Officers were able to locate Phillips, who provided numerous false names when he was identified, a news release from Athens police states.

During the investigation, officers say they recovered $1,800 in stolen merchandise and fentanyl from Phillips. The investigation remains active, and anyone with information is asked to call 762-400-7375.

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