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Husband and wife arrested in fraud cases

Ryan Carneal and Tarry Carneal
Posted at 5:29 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 22:19:58-04

EL PASO COUNTY — A husband and wife face multiple felony charges after a fraud investigation in El Paso County.

Ryan Carneal was arrested on April 13 when he arrived at the El Paso County courthouse for a hearing.

He faces more than 14 charges related to identity theft, vehicle theft, forgery, cyber crimes, and other offenses.

Deputies say he assumed the identity of an El Paso County resident and bought a car in that person's name, applied for loans, and opened other lines of credit.

He's under investigation in seven other active cases in El Paso County, as well as some cases in Arapahoe County. The sheriff's office says he will likely face additional charges as those investigations continue.

At the time of Carneal's arrest deputies from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Financial Crimes Unit asked the community to be on the looking for his wife, Tarry Carneal.

On Friday the Colorado Springs Police Department and the Tactical Enforcement Unit located and arrested Tarry Carneal.

She was booked on multiple charges including:

  • Forgery - Government Instrument Issued Document
  • Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument - 2 counts
  • Criminal Impersonation - 4 counts
  • Identity Theft - 7 counts
  • Forgery Check/Commercial Instrument - 4 counts
  • Theft over $750 to Less Than 2K
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Defrauding a Secured Creditor/Debtor 20K to Less Than 100K
  • First Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft Less Than 20K
  • Criminal Possession of a Financial Device


On Monday, April 13, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Financial Crime Unit apprehended 43-year-old Ryan Carneal when arrived at the El Paso County courthouse or a hearing.

According to the Sheriff's Office, he has been charged with 14 felonies related to identity theft, aggravate motor vehicle theft, forgery, cyber-crimes, and other fraud-related offenses.

The Sheriff's Office said Carneal assumed the identity of an El Paso County citizen, and used it o fraudulently purchase a vehicle, apply for loans, and open other lines of credit. He will likely face additional charges in the future, as detectives are working to gather more evidence from creditors.

His wife, 40-year-old Tarry Carnel, is currently wanted on 10 separate felony arrest warrants related to similar fraud offenses, the Sheriff's Office said.

The couple is known to work together to defraud businesses and car dealerships.

If anyone has information on Tarry Carneal's whereabouts, they are asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (719) 520-6666.