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Argus Leader , August 10, 2018

Man sentenced for identity theft of 'hundreds of victims' across Midwest

By Trevor Mitchell

A Maryland man has been sentenced for his role in an identity theft scheme causing approximately $60,000 in losses for local credit unions and banks across the Midwest. full article
The Sacramento Bee , August 4, 2018

Statewide identity theft operation busted at Rancho Cordova hotel, Folsom police say

By Anna Buchmann

Two people have recently been arrested for a large amount of identity theft. The pair had hundreds of items tied to identity theft, including fake driver's licenses, credit cards, passports, gift cards and checks, police said, as well as equipment for making such items. full article , August 2, 2018

Merrillville woman among 3 indicted for wire fraud, identity theft in scheme to defraud IRS

By Lauren Cross

Three women have been accused in federal court of defrauding the IRS for more than three years in an alleged scheme that involved them filing false tax returns for clients and pocketing the refund money by charging outrageous fees. full article
CNET , August 1, 2018

FBI nabs alleged hackers in theft of 15M credit cards from Chipotle, others

By Aflred NG

The DOJ has arrested three high-ranking members of the international hacking group FIN7. The cybercrime ring was behind attacks on restaurants like Chipotle, Chili's and Arby's. They have been said to have done a lot of damage to the chain restaurants and have stolen over 15 million credit card records. full article , July 31, 2018

Fort Wayne woman sentenced for mail, identity theft

By Wane Staff Reports

Erin Clowser, a woman from Fort Wayne, has recently pleaded guilty to access device fraud, theft of mail, and aggravated identity theft. She had been stealing mail from the area and using residents person identifying information to take money for personal gain. full article
SUX911 , July 29, 2018

Sioux City man arrested on theft, identity theft charges


Nathan Berry was charged with second-degree theft and identity theft. Berry took a credit card number belonging to his grandparents without their permission or authorization. He used the card multiple times charging over $1300 dollars. full article
22 News , July 26, 2018

25 charged in federal sweep of identity theft, benefit fraud suspects

By Monica Ricci

Twenty-five people have recently been charged with identity theft. They used the stolen identities to apply for benefits that they would not usually receive due to the fact that they are illegally in the United States. full article , July 20, 2018

Former Alabama bank president pleads guilty to identity theft in $100,000 fraud scheme

By Carol Robinson

John Kevin Vann, former bank president, used his position to access to customer names, addresses and other personal information that he used to take out 31 fraudulent loans. He redirected the proceeds of the loans to himself, to businesses he controlled, or to his creditors. full article
lohud , July 16, 2018

Woman accused of identity theft to buy car from Westchester dealer

By Michael P. McKinney

Shamakia Walker has recently been accused of using someone else's identity to buy a Toyota SUV from a Mount Kisco dealership.Walker went to Mariano Rivera Toyota and used someone else's identifying information to secure a loan for a car. Walker used a fraudulent New Jersey driver's license and had knowledge of the person's employment history, according to authorities. full article
Daily Press , July 12, 2018

Brothers plead guilty in identity theft, fraud scheme that netted over $1.5 million

By Matt Jones

Two brothers have recently been convicted for stealing over $1.5 million from local businesses.The brothers used stolen identities to open accounts at local banks and retail stores. Using the fraudulent identification the brothers received thousands of dollars towards what officials say was used for personal use only. The brothers manipulated and stole from many people around them thus, allowing them to bring in the amount of money they did. full article
The Kansas City Star , July 10, 2018

Former NBA player sentenced in Kansas City to federal prison for fraud, identity theft

By Aaron Randle

Former NBA player Kermit Washington was sentenced to six years in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay $967,158 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays after pleading guilty in November to two counts of filing a false tax return and one account of aggravated identity theft. Washington's charity, The Sixth Man Foundation, while operating as Project Contact Africa, used eBay and a PayPal account to facilitate more than $12 million in payments for items that included counterfeit software. Washington was found to have diverted the funds to an array of personal expenses including rent payments, vacation trips and plastic surgery for his girlfriend. full article , July 6, 2018

Stockton trio sentenced in massive identity theft case

By Roger Phillips

An alert cashier became suspicious when the store's check-cashing device rejected, a woman named Jeanne Mendoza's, check for $200.The store manager then followed her outside and snapped a photo with the license number of the rented U-Haul pickup she had departed in. After they had left, the manager placed a call to Ripon police, who located and arrested the trio of identity thieves. It has been reported that the trio had been making a living stealing mail, credit cards and packages, and writing bad checks on accounts that did not belong to them. In addition,the reported pickup contained things such as 1,100 pieces of mail stolen from 400 victims as well as more things that were not mentioned further from officials. full article
WCTV News , July 5, 2018

Caretaker Arrested, accused in Identity Theft Scheme

By WCTV Eye witness News

A man whose name was not listed has been arrested for allegedly stealing about $60,000 by pretending to be a caretaker. He used their personal information to obtain bank loans for reasons that were not disclosed. full article
CNN , June 30, 2018

Thieves Emptied the Bank Account of America's Oldest Living Veteran

By Nicole Chavez

Richard Overton, a 112 year old veteran, was recently robbed of all his money. Police say the criminal had used Overton's social security number and his checking account numbers to purchase several savings bonds containing everything in the bank account. The police so far have no suspects and are continuing to investigate the crime further. full article
Government Executive , June 29, 2018

Former ICE General Counsel Heads to Prison for Identity Theft

By Charles S. Clark

Raphael Sanchez, a former employee at the ICE office of Principal Legal Advisor, has been sentenced to 48 months in prison for wire fraud and identity theft. Sanchez, using the ICE computer database and his own computer had collected aliens personal information to use for his own benefit. He created credit lines, opened personal loans, made fraudulent licenses, and social security cards. These criminal actions not only put Sanchez in prison but has forced him to pay about $190,000 in restitution. full article
U.S. News , June 29, 2018

Former Fugitive Ex-Lawyer Pleads Guilty to U.S. Fraud Scheme

By Nate Raymond

Scott Wolas, a former litigator for Hunter & Williams, has recently been charged with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Wolas used his college roommates identity to defraud 20 investors of $1.7 million. After his first criminal act, Wolas continued his theft by stealing strangers identities and using them as his own so that he could continue to hide from Government officials and make sure his own identity was not compromised. full article
News Channel 2 , June 28, 2018



Fahrudin Omerovic the man who has been recognized by, the one who threatened Utica College, has recently been indicted for felony identity theft and misdemeanor petit larceny. Omerovic was caught using someone else's credit card to purchase two vacuum cleaners, totaling $564.18, which he then had delivered to the Utica College bookstore under his name. full article
CNN , February 16, 2018

Californian man pleads guilty to identity fraud connected to Russian interference in presidential election

By Katelyn Polantz

A California man pleaded guilty to identity fraud in a second case unsealed Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russian interference in the US presidential election. full article
Capital Gazette , February 11, 2018

Covering the Bases: New Medicare cards will offer safety against identity theft

By Amy Rubino

Take a look at your Medicare card and you will notice that Medicare uses a Social Security number (plus a letter) as your Medicare number. Look at this sample Medicare card and you can easily identify John Doe's Social Security number as 123-45-6789. Please don't worry, this example is not a real Social Security number. full article
DW , February 8, 2018

Infraud: US takes down international identity theft ring

By Reuters

Tens of thousands of users of the Infraud network reportedly ripped off consumers for $530 million over seven years. US authorities have already arrested 13 of the group's ringleaders. full article
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