Chandler, Arizona — On Thursday, May 16, 2019, 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
• Fraudulent schemes and artifices
• Fraudulent schemes and practices/willful concealment
• Perjury by inconsistent statements
• Unlawful use of food stamps
Throughout the investigation, detectives discovered Kent and Carly Burton falsified the 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.
Additionally, the Burtons 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 attempting to acquire a 2.2 million-dollar business.
Kent and Carly Burton were booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office 4th Avenue Jail.
The Department report number is AZ1800387253.