Former MLB player among 18 arrested in ID theft sting
A former major league baseball player and well-known Indianapolis youth coach is in jail tonight, one of 17 people charged in an ID theft sting.
The FBI investigation revealed a suspected scheme using stolen security numbers, many of which belonged to children.
Ryan Thompson, 45, a former major league baseball player, is accused of being part of a scheme involving stolen social security numbers.
According to a federal indictment from the United State District Court Southern District of Indiana, Thompson and 17 others were part of a conspiracy that allowed people with poor credit histories to buy vehicles using someone else's social security number, along with fraudulently established credit histories.
Thompson's wife Charon told Eyewitness News her husband met a man at church a few years ago who promised Thompson he could fix his credit and get him back on his feet financially.
Charon Thompson said the family fell on tough times when a neck injury ended her husband's major league baseball career.
According to the indictment, the ring leaders of the scam, David Day, aka "Buster" of Indianapolis and Kimberly Taylor from California obtained social security numbers issued to other individuals, selling them to people with bad credit who needed different social security numbers to get loans.
The indictment shows that Thompson was one of those people, allegedly using a false social security number at CarMax in April 2011.
Thompson coaches youth baseball and mentors hundreds of kids around central Indiana. His wife told Eyewitness News her husband is always reminding the kids he mentors to make good choices.
Charon Thompson said she is unaware of any wrongdoing on her husband's part and tells Eyewitness News her husband will tell the truth because they have children to teach.
Charon Thompson told Eyewitness News she has not been able to ask her husband about the allegations in the federal indictment, because she hasn't seen or talked to him since Thursday morning when authorities took him away from their west Indianapolis home.
Thompson and the 17 others named in the indictment face up to 55 years behind bars on all counts of conspiracy, making false statements on loan and credit applications and using a false social security number.