Identity Theft News


News Archive


Contact Information

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

January 2014 News Archive

January 31, 2014

Teen Sentenced for Celebrity Identity Theft

A Lake Mary teen has been sentenced to three and a half years in federal prison after pleading guilty to credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft in October. full article

January 28, 2014

Husband of Reality Television Star Charged With Identity Theft

Apollo Nida, husband of reality television star Phaedra Parks, has been arrested and charged with bank fraud and identity theft. full article

January 26, 2014

Massive Identity Theft Ring Discovered After Dispute over Cab Fare

A massive identity theft ring was found to be operating out of a Dallas hotel after one of the conspirators had a dispute with a cab driver. Authorities followed the man to his hotel room where they found piles of money and stolen Social Security numbers in plain view. full article

January 23, 2014

Florida Man to Serve Four Years for Identity Theft

A Florida man has been ordered to pay more than $400,000 in restitution and will serve more than four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to defraud the United States. full article

January 22, 2014

Restaurant Owner Arrested for Identity Theft

A restaurant owner has been charged after the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office conducted a workplace identity theft operation. The investigation was launched when the office received a tip regarding the hiring of individuals using false identification documents to gain employment. full article

Former State Employee Convicted of Identity Theft

A former state worker, previously employed by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, has been convicted after she accessed confidential information from her work computer. Authorities estimate the number of identities stolen could range from 350 to 500, with most of the identities being taken from the Public Employees Retirement Association of Minnesota (PERA). full article

January 20, 2014

Warning Signs that May Indicate Your Identity Has Been Compromised

Pay close attention to these seven potential warning signs that your personal information has been stolen and is being used. full article

January 17, 2014

Identity Theft Tips for Tax Season

Follow these tips to safeguard your identity from individuals looking to steal your information and use it to receive fraudulent tax refunds. full article

Three Indicted, One Sentenced for Identity Theft, Tax Fraud Scheme

Three individuals have been indicted for the alleged theft of identities to be used to defraud the U.S. government. A fourth individual has been sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison for another stolen identity, tax-refund fraud scheme. full article

January 15, 2014

Florida Leads the Nation in Identity Theft

According to the Federal Trade Commission, Florida has the highest identity theft rate in the nation. U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer commented on the issue in a recent interview. full article

January 13, 2014

Protecting Your Identity This Tax Season

Keep these helpful tips in mind this tax season to ensure the safety of your identity. full article

Former Social Worker Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft

A former social worker illegally obtained personal information belonging to clients from her place of employment and sold it to two tax return preparers. full article

January 7, 2014

IRS Sees Large Increase in Identity Theft Prosecutions

According to the IRS an increasing number of thieves are stealing Social Security numbers to file false claims and receive fraudulent tax refunds. This is reflected in the number of IRS criminal investigations, prosecutions, and indictments which have all increased substantially. full article

Man Receives 13 Year Sentence for Identity Theft Scheme

The ringleader of an identity theft, mail theft and bank fraud scheme has been sentenced to 13 years and 5 months in federal prison. He and his co-conspirators stole mail from homes and business of more than 800 southern Oregon victims as part of the scheme. full article

January 6, 2014

Former Retirement Fund Worker Sentenced for Identity Theft

Tobin Lamar Lyon II, also known as Tobe Kasa, 27, of Charlotte, N.C. has been sentenced to six years in federal prison and ordered to pay $118,602 in restitution to victims after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. full article

Two Californians Arrested for Identity Theft

Heather Sage, 21 and James Abel, 31 were arrested by Nevada Highway Patrol and charged with multiple identity theft related crimes. Subsequent to a traffic stop and an indication by a K-9 unit that the vehicle contained drugs, a search of the vehicle was performed and a large number of credit cards, IDs and a credit card making machine and equipment were found. full article

January 4, 2014

Woman Charged With Identity Theft after Allegedly Using Stolen Credit Card

Ashley Moore, 26, has been charged with identity theft, among other charges, after she allegedly used a man’s stolen credit card and checks to make more than $15,000 worth of transactions. full article

January 3, 2014

Woman Charged for Participation in Identity Theft Scam

A Gainesville woman has been charged after she gave her bank account information to a man she met online and proceeds from an alleged identity theft scheme were deposited in the account. full article

January 2, 2014

New Identity Theft Law Seeks to Protect Children in Texas

Texas legislature has passed a new law which allows parents to place a ‘security freeze’ on the consumer and credit files of their children under the age of sixteen. full article