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Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
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WASHINGTON PARISH, La. -- The known victims of an identity theft ring, busted Tuesday, are spread across 12 states with 400 alone in Louisiana.

But authorities say there are likely hundreds more clueless their bank accounts have been hit.

Franklinton resident Sherry Garner sure was when her bank called to report suspicious activity on her account.

'It upset me very much because I do work all the time,' Garner said.

The Washington Parish sheriff and his wife found their bank account suddenly short $2,500 because of the copied checks.

'We were just like any other citizen of Washington Parish, wondering and looking for answers,' said Sheriff Randy 'Country' Seal.

Authorities say they are among hundreds of Louisiana victims whose checking information, from payments to LSU System hospitals, were stolen by an system employee and sold to create fake ID's and checks, which were used to make thousands of dollars worth of purchases with the victims' hard-earned money.

Washington Parish Capt. Tommie Sorrell sniffed the case out from the start and worked with other agencies around Louisiana to identify, find and arrest the seven people believed to be behind the scheme.

The last two were arrested Tuesday, while the LSU Hospital System started re-evaluating what its employees can access.

'It's definitely not over but I'm glad that our agency did not give up on it,' Sorrell said.

While authorities say they have hundreds of cases already wrapped up, they know there's probably many more victims out there that they need to find.

The sheriff's office has advice to find out if you're one of them.

'Check their banking accounts and especially if they have ever paid a bill payable to LSU hospital,' Sorrell said.

If you think you're a victim of this scheme, contact your local law enforcement agency.

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