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

August 2013 News Archive

August 29, 2013

South Florida Police Detective Charged for Aggravated Identity Theft

A Sweetwater detective has been arrested for his alleged participation in a counterfeit credit card scheme. He has been charged for using a counterfeit access device and aggravated identity theft. full article

August 27, 2013

New Charges Brought Against Repeat Identity Theft Offender

Amanda Rose Wise, 25, of Corvallis, has pleaded not guilty to 10 new charges of identity theft after being convicted of identity theft earlier this year. full article

Three More Convicted in Statesboro Identity Theft and Tax Fraud Scheme

A total of 13 defendants have been convicted for participating in a scheme to use personally identifiable information of others to fraudulently file tax returns and obtain refunds that they were not entitled to. full article

August 26, 2013

Suspects Sought in Connection With a $20,000 Identity Theft Case

Police in Montgomery County are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects who are wanted in connection with a $20,000 identity theft case involving a fraudulently obtained credit card. full article

August 21, 2013

Two Men Indicted in Federal Court for Identity theft, Bank Fraud

Karapet Damaryan, 63, of Glendale, and Garik Voskanyan, 30, of Rancho Cordova have been charged in connection with a scheme to take control of a stranger’s bank account and transfer funds in order to purchase gold coins worth an estimated $141,000. full article

Richland Man Indicted for Allegedly Stealing His Girlfriend’s Identity

Phillip John Mitchell, 24, has been charged with identity theft after allegedly opening credit card accounts in his live-in girlfriend’s name and charging more than $3,600. full article

August 20, 2013

Heading to College? Make Protecting Your Identity a Priority

As students make their way back to campus they need to be sure that protecting their identity remains high on their checklist. Keep these 10 tips in mind to ensure the safety of your identity this school year. full article

August 16, 2013

Woman Pleads Guilty After Using Stolen Identities to File False Claims with the IRS

Joann C. Rittall, 43, admitted that she had used stolen identities to file false tax returns from 2009 through 2012. She has been ordered to repay almost $220,000 to the U.S. Treasury. full article

August 15, 2013

Identity Theft Suspect Sought by Police

SUNRISE, FL. – Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a women seen on surveillance video using stolen identities to open fraudulent credit accounts at various retail stores. full article

Five Indicted in Connection With Navy Federal Fraud

Federal prosecutors have charged five individuals with multiple counts of bank fraud, identity theft and conspiracy for their participation in an identity theft ring. Personally identifiable information was fraudulently obtained from lease applications and used to steal funds from Navy Federal accounts. full article

Restaurant Employees Skim Customer Credit Card Information

Two former Pret A Manger employees have been charged with identity theft and other offenses after allegedly skimming credit card information from more than 100 customers at the 23rd Street restaurant in Chelsea. full article

August 14, 2013

Federal Jury Convicts Home Builder of Bank Fraud, Identity Theft

Lee C. Tevis, 49, has been convicted on charges of bank fraud, filing a false loan application, aggravated identity theft, and aiding and abetting bank embezzlement. Tevis set up phony corporations in the names of others to fraudulently obtain bank loans in excess of one million dollars. full article

August 13, 2013

Suspect Sought by Police: Do You Know This Woman?

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI -- Police are seeking to identify a woman suspected of attempting to cash stolen checks in the Sterling Heights area. The suspect is driving a Lincoln MKZ and her image was captured at a drive-through window. full article

Woman Faces 79 Charges Related to Identity Theft Case

Cheryl Ann Fucci, 48, of Nazareth is facing charges stemming from her use of stolen credit card numbers to make luxury purchases. Charges include identity theft, forgery, and receiving stolen property. full article

Three Indicted on Wire Fraud, Identity Theft Charges

OAKLAND -- Suspects convinced strangers to provide personally identifiable information including name, income, and date of birth, Social Security number, and type of work in order to file false tax returns. Individuals were told they would be eligible for a federal stimulus program if they filled out the form; however, the information was actually used to obtain fraudulent tax refunds. full article

Glendale Identity Theft Ring Busted: Seven Individuals in Custody

LOS ANGELES -- Seven arrests have been made in connection with an identity theft ring operating out of Glendale and Los Angeles. Warrants were served at nine locations and evidence collected includes skimming devices, access-device making equipment, and blank plastic cards. Two suspects in the case are still at large and may have fled the country. full article

August 12, 2013

Back-To-School Season Is Approaching, Is Your Child At Risk For Identity Theft?

As you prepare to send your child back to school, make sure protecting his or her identity is a priority on your to-do list. Remember these important tips to ensure you child is safe from the long-term consequences of identity theft. full article

August 8, 2013

Former Nurse’s Aides Charged With Identity Theft

Two former nurse’s aides have been indicted for identity theft related charges stemming from their participation in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme. Personally identifying information, including names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers, of more than a dozen patients were used by accomplices to file false income tax returns with the IRS and fraudulently collect in excess of $116,000. full article

NYPD Cop Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud and Identity Theft

A NYPD cop has pleaded guilty to tax fraud and identity theft. The 10-year NYPD veteran, who worked part-time as a tax preparer, now faces a two to two and a half year prison sentence for filing false claims with the IRS from 2009 through early 2013. full article