Sierra Vista man arrested on fraudulent schemes charges

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Sierra Vista, AZ.  08/03/18. Multiple fraudulent scheme investigations led to the arrest of 29-year-old Kioni Keller in the Willcox Drive and Lenzner Avenue area on Tuesday evening at around 7:00 p.m.

Keller, who was also wanted by the Cochise County Adult Probation Department for probation violations, had a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a stolen bullet-resistant tactical vest, and an amount of crystal methamphetamine in his possession when he was arrested.

Later that night, the Sierra Vista Police Department executed a search warrant at Keller’s residence in the 200 block of West Fry Boulevard, turning up more stolen body armor, crystal methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a multitude of stolen personal and commercial bank checks belonging to individuals and businesses across Sierra Vista. Police also recovered several items that had been reported stolen from vehicles, along with additional evidence supporting mailbox burglaries.

Keller was booked into the Cochise County Detention Center on three counts of fraudulent schemes and artifices, three counts of money laundering, four counts of forgery, theft (controlling the property of another), two counts of misconduct with weapons as a prohibited possessor, failure to appear, possession of illicit drug paraphernalia, and possession of dangerous drugs. He is being held on a probation hold and a $1,500 bond.

Anyone familiar with Kioni Keller who can offer pertinent information regarding this or any other investigation are asked to contact Case Detective John Papatrefon at the Sierra Vista Police Department.

“We would like to remind people to remove valuables from their vehicles when they can’t be there to keep an eye on them,” says Corporal Tim Wachtel of the Sierra Vista Police Department. “It’s also a good idea to use a mailbox that locks to help prevent mail theft, which can lead to identity theft and fraud.”