Identity Theft News


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Contact Information

Center for Identity Management
and Information Protection
Dr. Donald Rebovich,
Executive Director
Utica College
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502

November 2013 News Archive

November 29, 2013

Two Arrested in Connection With Theft of Identities Belonging to Active-duty Army Reservists

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has arrested two men in connection with the theft of identity information belonging to more than five U.S. Army Reserve Officers on active-duty in Afghanistan. The information was used to open lines of credit and purchase vehicle, resulting in a loss totaling more than $100,000. full article

November 27, 2013

Identity Theft Suspect Busted in Furniture Store Sting

After learning that a credit card used to place an order for a $4,500 bedroom set was fraudulent, a furniture store manager worked with police to set up a sting which led to the perpetrators arrest. full article

November 21, 2013

Senate Finance Chairman Baucus Releases Proposal to Aid in Reduction of Tax Fraud, Identity Theft

A proposal newly released by U.S. Senator Max Baucus includes some suggested steps to fight tax-related identity theft and tax fraud. full article

November 19, 2013

Miami Man Pleads Guilty; Ties to Russian-based ID Theft Syndicate

Alexander Kostyukov has pleases guilty to five federal charges including participation in a racketeering organization, conspiracy, and three charges of trafficking in and production of false identification documents. Fifty-five people have been indicted in the case. full article

November 18, 2013

Is Your Identity at Risk this Holiday Season?

The holidays can be prime time for opportunistic identity thieves looking to steal your personal information. Be aware of some of the preferred online scams and learn how to avoid them this year. full article

New Enhancement to E-Verify Seeks to Deter ID Theft

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials are now authorized to “lock” a SSN that appears to have been misused in order to prevent further potential fraudulent use. The new enhancement applies to the E-Verify system, run by the Department of Homeland Security, which allows employers to verify the eligibility of new employees. full article

November 16, 2013

Victim Finds Relief from Erroneous Tax Debt Resulting from UK’s Worst Case of Identity Theft

Adrian Richards has won a three-year battle with German tax authorities over an unpaid tax bill in his name. Mr. Richards was the victim of identity theft after his passport was stolen in 2003 and was used, with a different photograph, to setup a company in the Isle of Man. full article

November 14, 2013

Two Women Charged After Allegedly Stealing Personal Identification Information of Cancer Patients

Salina Soriano and Regina Kennedy have been charged with felony identity theft after they were found to be in possession of stolen mail and the personal information of patients of an East Bay breast cancer center. full article

November 13, 2013

Hackers Launch Cyber Attack on Irish Company; Data on 1.5 Million Europeans Stolen

Personal data of Europeans who had enrolled in customer-loyalty programs has been compromised after hackers gained access to credit card numbers and security codes from Loyaltybuild, a firm that manages loyalty programs for merchants in five European countries. full article

November 8, 2013

Pair Allegedly Steal Identities of Multiple Celebrities

Federal authorities have arrested Jonathan Preston and Lumi Nunez for allegedly stealing the identities of high-profile celebrities and making purchases including Tiffany & Co. diamonds, Honda Vespa scooters, and three Cadillacs. full article

November 7, 2013

Tax Refund Fraud Recognized as a Growing Problem

According to a U.S. Internal Revenue Service watchdog, tax refund fraud is a problem that has been growing over recent years. There also appears to be an increasing number of thieves working from abroad to commit tax refund fraud. full article

November 6, 2013

Widespread Identity Theft Case; Ten Indicted

Multiple suspects have been indicted by a Denver grand jury after allegedly victimizing more than 270 individuals and various businesses. Businesses allegedly victimized include Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo, and the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, Inc. full article

November 5, 2013

Woman and Son-in-law Sentenced for Identity Theft Conspiracy

Quentin Collick and Deatrice Williams have been sentenced to 85 months and 51 months, respectively after being found guilty of conspiracy to file false claims, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. full article

November 4, 2013

IRS Sees Two Convicted in Separate ID Theft Cases

Berness Swan, 44, of Spring Hill has admitted to stealing personal identification information belonging to patients from the clinic where he was previously employed to file fraudulent tax returns. In a separate case, Kenyon Lamont Williams, 43, San Diego, was convicted of five counts including conspiracy to defraud the United States, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. full article

November 3, 2013

Tips for Avoiding Online Identity Theft

This article provides helpful suggestions for minimizing the risk of falling victim to online identity theft. full article