Sean Lyons of Sunrise, Florida was arrested Tuesday after he was accused over 100 identities, news sources report. Officers also found a gun and a marijuana joint in his possession during his arrest. Lyons, 26, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of using another person's ID without consent, fraudulent possession of personal ID of the deceased, possession of marijuana, and carrying a concealed firearm. His bail was set at $16,000. It is unclear whether he has hired a criminal defense attorney.
Reports say the incident occurred around 3:50 Tuesday morning in a parking lot outside of the Isles at Lago Mar condominium, located on the 12600 block of Vista Isles Drive. Though the precise details are not clear, an officer on the scene asked to see Lyons's personal identification. Lyons claimed he did not have I.D. on him. The officer asked whether Lyons had anything illegal in his white 1999 Ford truck and the suspect reportedly said he "couldn't remember if he had a gun in the car or not." The officer then searched Lyons's vehicle and found a loaded .38-caliber handgun on the driver's side floor, a bullet, and a marijuana joint.
The officer placed Lyons under arrest and took an inventory of the items in Lyons's vehicle, which is when the officer made a new discovery. According to reports, the officer found a laptop, a number of medical records, and a book containing the identities of over 100 people. The information reportedly included names, social security numbers, addresses, dates of birth, PIN numbers, and email addresses. Some of the identities came from victims who were deceased, sources say. When detectives asked what Lyons was doing with the stolen information, he admitted they were used to file fraudulent tax returns.
Lyons was not the only South Florida man arrested for identity theft recently. Bernard Dwight Mizell of Lake Worth was arrested Wednesday after an officer reportedly found five food stamp cards under five different names in his possession. Mizell, 38, was booked into police custody on charges of public assistant fraud and drug possession. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail or hired legal representation.
Reports say Mizell was a passenger in a black Oldsmobile that ran a stop sign on South Federal Highway and 11 Avenue South in Lake Worth Wednesday. An officer pulled the vehicle over and Mizell, who was in the passenger's seat, reportedly tossed a joint out of the vehicle window during the stop. The officer collected the joint and it later tested positive for marijuana, reports say. The officer also noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
According to reports, an officer had Mizell exit the vehicle; before the officer placed him under arrest, Mizell said, "I have drugs on me." An officer reportedly found marijuana and an unspecified amount of cocaine in Mizell's pockets. The officer also found five EBT food stamp cards under five different names in his possession. It is not clear why Mizell allegedly had the cards or what he used them for.