JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A newly-created Jefferson County task force took part in an investigation that led to the arrest of two men in connection with 177 stolen identities from over 25 banking institutions, according to Vestavia Hills Police.

Damon Sean Haneline,21, and Duvuan James Holliday-Seegars, 22 of Detroit, Mi., allegedly flew into the Birmingham Metro Area to engage in credit card fraud. The release states that the two men were responsible for thousands of dollars in fraud loss before being stopped by the Jefferson County Regional Financial Crimes Task Force with the assistance of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.

District Attorney Brandon Falls and the Birmingham Division of the Secret Service recently created the task force in order to combat the increase in organized financial crime plaguing Jefferson County. The task force includes investigators from the DA’s office, the Secret Service and the Vestavia Hills Police.

The task force undertook the investigation on June 28 along with Regions Bank’s Card Monitoring group, which assisted them in making an arrest in the case.

Falls believes that this case demonstrates a need to add laws to the book in Alabama.

“This case emphasizes the need for a RICO statute in Alabama,” the District Attorney said. “We will continue to be a target for credit card fraud rings until we have the ability to go after the leaders responsible for this type of organized crime.”

Haneline and Holliday-Seegars are charged with Trafficking in Stolen Identities and are being held in the Jefferson County Jail with no bond.