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Dr. Donald Rebovich,
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Utica College
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Utica, NY 13502

Identity Theft News



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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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.


By WILL OREMUS


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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read full article
nwi.com , 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. ...read 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. ...read full article
wane.com , 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. ...read full article
SUX911 , July 29, 2018

Sioux City man arrested on theft, identity theft charges


By UNKNOWN


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. ...read 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. ...read full article
AL.com , 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read full article
Recordnet.com , 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read full article
News Channel 2 , June 28, 2018

UTICA MAN ACCUSED OF THREATENING UC APPEARS IN COURT IN IDENTITY THEFT CASE


By WKTV


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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read 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. ...read full article
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