Identity Theft News


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

September 2013 News Archive

September 30, 2013

24 Suspects Arrested in Phoenix Identity Theft Case

The Maricopa County Sherriff’s Department has executed a search warrant at the headquarters of a Phoenix based janitorial business and made a number of arrests for alleged identity theft. The suspects are thought to have used false identification to open lines of credit, make large purchases and illegally gain employment. full article

September 26, 2013

Federal Authorities Indict 55 People in Massive Identity Theft Bust

Fifty-five individuals have been indicted for their alleged participation in a fraudulent tax-return scheme operating out of San Diego. Authorities claim the scheme generated $7 million and victimized more than 2,000 individuals. full article

September 25, 2013

Seven Identity Theft Prevention Tips for Senior Citizens

Learn 7 tips to help safe-guard you identity and reduce your likelihood of falling victim to what Experian credit bureau experts refer to as the fastest rising types of identity theft: fraudulent tax returns and medical care fraud. full article

September 24, 2013

Identity Theft Ring Swindles Major Phone Companies Out of Thousands of Cell Phones

A Michigan identity theft ring has allegedly used “credit mules” to illegitimately obtain thousands of new, subsidized cell phones from major phone companies by using stolen identities to sign new service contracts or to execute “account takeovers.” full article

September 19, 2013

Ohio Identity Theft Unit Helps Victims Recover Loses

Ohio’s Identity Theft Unit works in two ways to assist victims of identity theft. In the first year of existence, the unit has helped to recover a total of $250,000 through its Traditional Assistance Program and Self Help Program. full article

Suffolk Police Seek Help in Identifying Identity Theft Suspect

A man seen in surveillance photos is wanted in connection with unauthorized use of a woman’s credit card account to purchase gift cards from the Home Depot. full article

September 18, 2013

New Jersey Man Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Participation in Complex Identity Theft Scheme

Sang-Kyu Seo, 63, conspired with others to buy and sell identity documents to be used by others to commit fraud. More specifically, the conspirators of the scheme worked to obtain Social Security Cards with the prefix “586.” full article

September 16, 2013

USAO Addresses Montgomery Identity Theft Problem

The Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention has been given to Assistant United States Attorney Todd Brown in Montgomery, Alabama. Brown serves as the coordinator for the identity theft and tax fraud cases for the Middle District of Alabama. Read more to learn about the efforts to combat Montgomery’s identity theft epidemic. full article

September 11, 2013

LA Identity Theft Scheme, 8 Members of Street Gang Plead Guilty

Eight members of the Armenian Power street gang are guilty of federal charges including aggravated identity theft, bank fraud and racketeering. They are among 70 members of the Hollywood gang formed in the 1980s who were charged two years ago for using skimming devices to steal strangers debit card information. full article

September 10, 2013

Deceased Persons May Be Targeted By Identity Thieves

This article discusses a family’s encounter with identity theft perpetrated against their deceased son. It also includes tips for preventing similar occurrences from happening. full article

September 4, 2013

Woman Receives Two Year Sentence for ID Theft, Tax Fraud

A Montgomery, Alabama woman has pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to file more than 1,000 false tax returns which fraudulently claimed over $1.7 million in returns. full article

Helpful Tips for Avoiding Identity Theft

Learn ten things you can do to reduce your exposure to identity theft. full article

September 3, 2013

Statewide Project in Florida Provides Tips to Help Seniors Avoid Identity Theft

Seniors vs. Crime is a special project supported by the Florida Attorney General’s Office which helps to educate and protect senior citizens from harmful activities. This article discusses tips for avoiding identity theft. full article