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

October 2013 News Archive

October 28, 2013

Alabama Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Identity Theft, Mail Fraud

Harvey James has pleaded guilty as a result of his involvement in a Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF) case. James, along with others, obtained stolen identities belonging to inmates and used the information to file fraudulent federal and state tax returns in order to falsely receive refunds. full article

October 24, 2013

Four Men Charged in Identity Theft Scheme that Defrauded Six States

Four Cleveland men have been accused of running a multi-state scheme in which they allegedly obtained the personal identification information of individuals under false pretenses and then used the information to defraud six states of than $360,000 in unemployment benefits. full article

October 21, 2013

Medical Identity Theft Guidelines Released by Attorney General Harris

As part of a report, Medical Identity Theft: Recommendations for the Age of Electronic Medical Records, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has released guidelines which offer recommendations for preventing and remedying medical identity theft. full article

October 16, 2013

Three Charged With Identity Theft in Suffolk County Car Selling Operation

Multiple counts of identity theft and possession of stolen property have been brought against three men who allegedly used stolen identities to rent expensive cars from rental companies and then sell them at prices well below market value in order to generate cash quickly. The men allegedly obtained the stolen identity information by skimming it from credit cards at retail stores and also purchasing stolen identity information from off-shore websites. The information was then used to create fake credit cards and fake identification cards. full article

October 15, 2013

Homeless Woman Stole $185,000 in ID Theft Ring

Pamela Keane, 48, of Livermore, California, was sentenced to nine years in prison for her participation in an identity theft ring that netted more than $185,000. Keane would present fake identification at various banks and withdraw money from the accounts of others. She and four others were arrested in connection with the scheme. full article

Three Charged With Identity Theft in Connection With Verizon Wireless Scam

Three Chicago men have been charged with identity theft after using the Verizon Wireless account information of others. Kyndall Barnes, 21, Tyrone Mixon, 22 and Robert Robinson, 22, participated in a scheme to illegitimately gain access to the accounts of others and then purchase Verizon cell phones and other products which were later resold at higher rates. full article

October 14, 2013

Corpus Christi Physician Charged for Scheme to Defraud Medicare and Medicaid

An indictment was returned against Dr. Roque Joel Ramirez, 48, including nine counts of healthcare fraud, three counts of mail fraud, and two counts of aggravated identity theft, for his alleged execution of a scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid through fraudulent billings for services not rendered. full article

Las Vegas Woman Accused of Stealing Personal Identification Information of More Than 1,000 Individuals

Bridgette Chaplin, 32, is charged with 62 felony counts for allegedly obtaining personal identification information and using it in a check forgery scheme. full article

October 9, 2013

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Proposes Legislation to Protect IDs of Children

Proposed legislation in Florida, the KIDS (Keeping IDs Safe) Act, would allow parents to freeze their children’s credit records until they are ready to use them. full article

October 8, 2013

Queens Man Indicted in Massive Identity Theft and Money Laundering Scam

Olawale Akinnawonu, 45, of LeFrak City, has been named in a 134 count indictment for allegedly breaking into mailboxes and stealing the identities of dozens of his neighbors. full article

October 1, 2013

South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs Launches New Identity Theft Unit

A four-person unit has been formed within the South Carolina state Department of Consumer Affairs to help prevent identity theft through education and victim outreach. full article