Chandler — A Chandler couple, 42-year-old Kent Burton and his wife, 36-year-old Carly Burton, have been arrested by Arizona Department of Public Safety detectives for identity theft
Detectives discovered that the couple falsified their victims’ financial records. During multi-million-dollar business transactions, the Burtons obtained goods and services in the names of the victims and defrauded victims out of more than $100,000.
The Burtons defrauded the Arizona Department of Economic Security as well by falsifying revenue records and unlawfully collecting more than $20,000 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (food stamps). During this time, the Burtons were also attempting to acquire a 2.2 million-dollar business.
The Burtons were booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office 4th Avenue Jail on the following charges:
• Aggravated taking the identity of another or entity
• Fraudulent schemes and artifices
• Fraudulent schemes and practices/willful concealment
• Perjury by inconsistent statements
• Unlawful use of food stamps