Arizona Department of Public Safety Vehicle. (Photo: Charles Black)
CHANDLER, Ariz. — On May 16, Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) detectives arrested and booked 42-year-old Kent Burton and his wife, 36-year-old Carly Burton on charges of aggravated taking the identity of another or entity, forgery, fraudulent schemes and artifices, fraudulent schemes and practices/willful concealment, perjury by inconsistent statements, theft and unlawful use of food stamps.
According to AZDPS, throughout the investigation, detectives discovered the Burtons falsified the victims’ financial records. During multi-million-dollar business transactions, they allegedly obtained goods and services in the names of the victims and defrauded victims out of more than $100,000.
Additionally, the Burtons reportedly defrauded the Arizona Department of Economic Security 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 allegedly trying to acquire a 2.2 million-dollar business.
Kent and Carly Burton were booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office 4th Avenue Jail.