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Identity Theft News

VC Star , December 15, 2018

Camarillo authorities arrest local business owner accused of identity theft

By Jeremy Childs

Camarillo authorities arrested a 44-year-old man after he was reported to have committed identity theft using information taken from a customer at his business. A person contacted police about being a victim of identity theft in April. Prior to the theft, the victim had their vehicle serviced at Elmer's King's Tire and Wheel, 2787 E. Daily Drive, according to authorities. full article
Yahoo news , December 14, 2018

2 Caught With Stash Of Fraudulent Debit Cards, Says Greenwich PD

A pair of Bridgeport residents were arrested on forgery, identity theft and related charges Wednesday afternoon following a motor vehicle stop where police found a stash of re-coded debit cards in their possession, according to Greenwich Police Lt. John Slusarz. full article
Clarion Ledger , December 13, 2018

Man gets 3 years for identity theft of veteran and benefits

Tierun Bush of Jackson serve 36 months in federal prison for stealing a U.S. military veteran's identity and using it to get over $133,603 in benefits. Senior U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee also ordered Bush at his sentencing Thursday to pay full restitution to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. full article
Chicago Tribune , November 28, 2018

Man charged with stealing Deerfield resident's identity in credit card scheme

By Steve Sadin

Matthew T. Maciejewski, 35, of Chicago, was arrested by Deerfield police Nov. 13 and charged with identity theft and fraudulent use of a credit card. He was picked up in Harwood Heights on a warrant issued six months earlier by a Lake County Criminal Court judge, according to Deerfield police reports. full article
New York Post , November 28, 2018

Feds bust cybercrime ring that used fake websites to scam advertisers

By Emily Saul

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn dismantled two international cybercrime rings for defrauding digital advertisers out of more than $30 million -- arresting seven Russians and a Kazakh man for running the scheme. The crew of hackers are accused of using malware to artificially inflate the number of visitors to websites across the world in order to drive up web traffic on fake websites they owned and defraud advertisers for nonexistent business. full article
Stamford Advocate , November 23, 2018

Bridgeport man charged in identify theft, credit card fraud

By Jim Shay

A 28-year-old Bridgeport man has been arrested on fraudulent use of credit cards, larceny and identity theft charges. Jovan Boyd, of Worth Street, was arrested on a court warrant Tuesday charging him with third-degree identity theft, making a false statement to procure issuance of a credit card, credit card theft, fourth-degree larceny, embezzlement and four counts of conspiracy. full article
Your Central Valley , November 20, 2018

Car break-ins linked to identity theft crimes, investigators say

By Alexan Balekian

Identity theft crimes are on the rise all across the Central Valley, and experts believe car break-ins are a big reason why. When personal property and information is stolen out of parked cars it sets people up to become victims of identity theft and fraud. full article
Fox , November 20, 2018

Former Green Bay woman pleads guilty to filing false tax returns and identity theft

By FOX 11 News

-A former Green Bay woman accused of filing more than 50 false federal income tax returns has plead guilty. Alma Ramirez, 40, is charged with wire fraud, assisting in filing false tax returns, seeking fraudulent tax refunds and aggravated identity theft. full article
abc-7 , November 19, 2018

Don't let your kids' school release their personal data

Identity thieves love to steal children's identities, and you need to take the right steps to help prevent it

Identity thieves love to steal children's identities. Nobody thinks to check their child's credit report because there's no reason to expect them to have one. Criminals can exploit the stolen identity undetected for years, until the child grows up to find his or her credit ruined. full article
MarketWatch , November 14, 2018

EZShield Launches Mobile Defense Suite

EZShield, a portfolio company of The Wicks Group ("Wicks") and the leader in digital identity protection and resolution, today announced a breakthrough in protecting Personally Identifiable Info. full article
BizWoman , November 12, 2018

Beat cybercrime fears by shopping safely online

By Caitlin Mullen

Americans worry most about cybercrime: 71 percent are frequently or occasionally worried hackers will get their credit card or other personal information, while 67 percent worry frequently or occasionally about their identity being stolen. This article goes through varies statistics involving cyber-crimes. full article
Yahoo news , November 8, 2018

How to Prevent Identity Theft Online

Preventing identity theft is about creating obstacles that make it harder for criminals to breach your identity in the first place. Here are some ideas on how to protect yourself from identity theft. full article
Beta News , November 6, 2018

Consumers still reuse passwords despite knowing the risks

By Ian Barker

Despite almost half of US consumers (49 percent) believing their security habits make them vulnerable to information fraud or identity theft, 51 percent admit to reusing passwords and PINs across multiple accounts. full article
MarketWatch , November 1, 2018

EZShield + IdentityForce Provide Holiday Shopping Tips to Protect Consumers Against Identity Theft

By Maria Miller and Justine Schneider

EZShield and IdentityForce provide a few tips on how consumers can be safe during the holiday season by providing tips to help protect your identity. full article
KVUE ABC , October 29, 2018

Austin psychologists convicted in multiple charges after fraud investigation

Dr. William Dubin and his son, Dr. David Dubin, were found guilty in a fraud investigation involving Psychological A.R.T.S.

By Drew Knight

A jury has convicted Dr. William Joseph Dubin, 73, and his son, Dr. David Fox Dubin, 33 of one count of conspiracy to pay and receive health care kickbacks, and two counts of offering to pay and paying illegal kickback, while his son was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, one count of health care fraud and aiding and abetting health care fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft. full article
Slate , October 25, 2018

Why Facebook Isn't Helping Its Users Who Got Hacked

Because in big corporate data breaches, the law and the courts aren't on victims' side.


Last month, Facebook announced that hackers had stolen the private data of some 30 million users, exploiting a series of bugs in the company's login system. The victims are now vulnerable to all kinds of fraud, from phishing attempts to identity theft to attempts to gain access to their other online accounts. Facebook is not helping the victims of this breech since it is not required by law. full article
CNBC , October 17, 2018

People in this state are at the highest risk for identity theft

By Darla Mercado

According to a study by WalletHub, Nevada ranks number one in the country for the most cases of Identity theft. Last year Nevada had about 128 identity theft complaints per capita. The average amount of money lost due to online identity theft was about $13,500. full article
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
Q13 Fox , July 19, 2018

Help ID crook seen cashing checks stolen from identity theft victim’s storage unit

By David Rose

Depending on the level of security a storage facility has — they’re prime targets for thieves — and a woman in Mountlake Terrace knows this painfully too well. She’s going through financial hell after crooks stole checks from her storage unit and turned her into an identity theft victim – but Mountlake Terrace Police hope you can help give her some justice — by identifying a crook who cashed one of her checks on May 30th. 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
NewStatesman , February 8, 2018

The ongoing identity theft of Kylie Jenner's week old baby

By Amelia Tait

It wouldn't be surprising if seven-day old Stormi had an Instagram account. As the newest member of reality TV's most famous family, the fact she's a baby should be no barrier to Stormi's social media success. When her mother Kylie Jenner posted a picture of the new-born to the site yesterday, it took just a few hours before it became Instagram's most-liked post ever. full article
CBS News , February 6, 2018

Identity theft has never been more rampant

By Kathy Kristof

Identity theft hit a record high in 2017. And if that's not disturbing enough on its own, the latest data on ID crimes found that the crooks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, gaining toeholds into poorly secured accounts as a way to access more important segments of the victim's financial life, according to a just-released annual survey. full article
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