Archive for July, 2012

Police Log: Identity Theft, Church Signs Turn Up on School Grounds

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Monday, July 23

12:28 a.m. – Two guests at the Best Western on Elm Street reported they believed someone may have been inside their room after returning to find the bathroom light on, but the responding officer said it appeared to be a malfunction with the light.

10:20 a.m. – A woman walked into the station to report a possible identity fraud.

3:29 p.m. – A Deaconess Road resident reported someone used his wife’s Social Security number to fraudulently obtain her tax returns.

4:37 p.m. – A White Avenue resident came in and dropped off a cell phone found on his property.

4:43 p.m. – A motorist from Maynard reported accidentally striking a concrete pole with his vehicle near the Dunkin’ Donuts on Sudbury Road.

6:25 p.m. – Police responded to Virginia Road near Hanscom Air Force Base and the Lincoln town line to assist police from those departments with two young subjects detained after they were observed exiting a motor vehicle on Virginia Road and running towards the air field.

10:42 p.m. – An Old Bedford Road resident reported pickup truck idling with its lights off in the driveway of a house she believed to be vacant. According to the police report, the vehicle’s occupant was a contractor conducting work at the residence for its new owner.

Tuesday, July 24

6:45 a.m. – A Thoreau School staffer reported finding signage from the West Concord Union Church placed atop an equipment shed at the rear of the school grounds on Prairie Street.

7:02 a.m. – Police responded to a report of a minor motor vehicle collision in the area of Fairhaven Road and Arena Terrace.

9:01 a.m. – An Acton man was summonsed for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and failing to use care following a two-car collision at the intersection of Main and Elm streets.

8:03 p.m. – A Wellesley man was summonsed for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle following a stop in the area of Route 2 and Sudbury Road

Article source: http://concord.patch.com/articles/police-log-identity-theft-church-signs-on-school-grounds

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Joint program between First Victoria, LifeLock offers identity theft protection

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

A new partnership offers First Victoria National Bank customers a new way to protect important information.

The bank recently joined with identity theft protection company LifeLock, Inc. to offer customers and bank employees protection at reduced price, according to a joint news release.

A Javelin Strategy survey said that last year, identity theft cost people $18 billion nationwide, according to the release.

First Victoria evaluated numerous programs on product effectiveness, ease of enrollment, value and more before deciding on LifeLock. It is the first bank in the nation to create such a program that includes both customer and employee enrollment directly through the bank, according to the release.

Those interested can enroll at any First Victoria branch or by phone, mail or online. Plus customers can pay through automatic deductions from their First Victoria checking accounts.

First Victoria is committed to helping customers navigate today’s environment with greater overall safety and security, Ken Olan, First Victoria’s chief retail and marketing officer, said in the release.

“We’re their bank of choice, and we have an obligation to continually seek out better solutions for them,” he said.

For more information, visit firstvictoria.com.






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Article source: http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2012/jul/30/am_life_lock_073112_183791/?business&local-business

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Two Southern California Men Arrested for Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO—A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted Ngoc Duong, a/k/a Danny Duong, of Fountain Valley, California, and Hong Lee Wong, a/k/a William Wong, of Torrance, California, on July 19, 2012, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced.

According to the indictment, which was unsealed Friday, Duong, 60, a partner in Incom Trading Corporation Inc.; and Wong, 44, a principal in Powell Trading Inc. and Powell Commodity Inc., allegedly defrauded three companies: Cheery Way Inc. (Cheery Way), of Brisbane, California; as well as two Chinese companies, Zheijang Metals and Materials and Zheijang Concentrating (Zheijang), by falsely claiming to have an agreement with the city of New Orleans to recycle scrap metal from a Six Flags amusement park damaged by Hurricane Katrina. To carry out the fraud, Duong and Wong created and sent false documents to Cheery Way and Zheijang in which the defendants fraudulently used names and e-mail addresses of New Orleans city officials.

Duong was arrested on July 26, 2012, at the Houston International Airport. He made his initial appearance in federal court in Houston on July 27, 2012. Today, following a bail hearing held in federal court in Houston, Duong was released on a $100,000 bond. Wong was arrested on July 27, 2012, at his residence in Torrance. He made his initial appearance in federal court in Los Angeles on July 27, 2012, and was released on $25,000 bond and electronic monitoring. Both defendants are scheduled to appear before the Magistrate Judge in federal court in San Francisco, on August 6, 2012.

The maximum statutory penalty for each count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349 and 1343, respectively, is 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or twice the amount of the fraud. The statutory penalty for each count of aggravated identity theft in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1028A is a mandatory two-year term in prison, to be imposed consecutive to any sentence imposed for other charges, and a $250,000 fine. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553. The case has been assigned to United States District Court Judge Susan Illston.

Denise Marie Barton is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Elizabeth Garcia. The prosecution is the result of an approximately eight-month investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Please note, an indictment contains only allegations against an individual and, as with all defendants, Duong and Wong must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Article source: http://www.fbi.gov/sanfrancisco/press-releases/2012/two-southern-california-men-arrested-for-fraud-and-aggravated-identity-theft

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Good Samaritan allegedly falls victim to identity theft – WMC

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

(WMC-TV) – Police say a Good Samaritan’s kindness gave an identity thief the chance to rack up nearly $850 of fraudulent charges on her credit cards last week.

Officers say the victim let a strange woman, later identified as Tina Shirah, into her home in the 8400 block of Sea Gull so she could use the telephone.

While Shirah was inside, investigators say she swiped two Visa cards and a Discover card from the woman’s home.

In all, nearly $850 in phony charges were made before the victim realized what had happened, according to court records.

One of the charges was made at a store where a worker knew the suspect and she was able to identify Shirah to officers, according to court papers.

Shirah was arrested and charged with identity theft.

Copyright 2012 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

Article source: http://cordova.wmctv.com/news/crime/80839-good-samaritan-allegedly-falls-victim-identity-theft

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Osceola man sentenced for stealing mail, ID’s

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Osceola, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a bank fraud conspiracy, as well as wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

            David M. Riili, 33, of Osceola, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to 57 months in federal prison without parole.  Riili’s federal sentence was ordered to run consecutively to five felony sentences imposed by the state of Missouri for unrelated conduct.

            Riili and co-defendant Lindsey Scott, 23, of Osceola, pleaded guilty in April 2012; Scott awaits sentencing. Riili and Scott admitted that they stole checks, credit cards and other mail from business and residential mailboxes in southwest Missouri. They altered and forged the stolen checks by adding the names of other individuals to the payee lines of the stolen checks. They cashed the checks or deposited them into Riili’s bank account. The amount of those checks in the scheme, which lasted from Sept. 13 to Nov. 22, 2011, totaled $44,716.

            Riili and Scott also admitted that they stole credit cards from the mail and used some of them to make unauthorized purchases at businesses in the Springfield area.

            According to court documents, they were arrested after Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers responded to a one-vehicle accident on Missouri Highway 76, near Indian Point Road in Stone County on Sept. 16, 2011. Riili’s vehicle had left the roadway and slid into the woods, where it struck a tree. Riili and Scott, a passenger, were transported by ambulance.

            A state trooper followed trails of blood from the vehicle into the woods. One of the blood trails led to a pile of leaves. The officer dug through the leaves and discovered an envelope full of checks that were made out to different businesses. The trooper also found a large trash bag that contained stolen mail from different areas throughout southwest Missouri.

            This case is being prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Oliver. It was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Article source: http://www.ky3.com/news/ky3-osceola-man-sentenced-for-stealing-mail-ids-20120730,0,7648140.story

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Man Gets 30 Months In Identity Theft Case

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 57-year-old Deer Creek man was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison last Thursday in Minneapolis Federal Court in connection with a case where he tried to use another man’s identity for a passport.

Frank Chester Brown was charged on Nov. 8, 2011, on one count of making false statements on a passport application, one count of false representation of a Social Security number and one count of aggravated identity theft. He pleaded guilty on March 2 to the charges.

According to the plea agreement, Brown admitted that on June 29, 2004, he attempted to apply for a passport with the name, Social Security number and birthdate of another man. He also admitted that since 1993, he was using somebody else’s identity without their knowledge. The identity he stole was the one he attempted to use on the passport application, according to court documents.

In support of the application, Brown supplied an expired passport under the same false name. Authorities began investigating the case when the victim applied for a passport on May 3, 2010.

Brown also admitted that in 1994, he fraudulently got a Social Security card number using a stolen identity and a different birth date. He used the card to apply for credit to finance a motorcycle from a bank. He was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service on Oct. 5, 2011, in Alabama.

 Man Gets 30 Months In Identity Theft Case

Article source: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/07/30/man-gets-30-months-in-identity-theft-case/

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Dee Hall: Security lapses foster ID theft – Record

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Dee Hall, Anderson

Security lapses foster ID theft

In an era of credit card fraud, identity theft and bank scammers, one would have thought that vendors would raise their purchasing security a notch or two. Alas, no.

Over the past few months, I have found it necessary to partake in the somewhat loathsome convenience of buying fast food (although the salads are improving, but I digress). Each time I have made the purchase with my debit card, the back of which clearly reads “CHECK I.D.” At no time, not once, did any of the clerks even turn the card over, much less read the back.

And so I would ask the store manager for an explanation. Perhaps there is a dollar limit. I have been told by some pizza franchises that if your order is under $25, they’re not required to check for I.D. It seems wrong, and probably is, but whatever! Each manager informed me that it is their policy to always check for I.D. if asked on the back of the card. After informing the managers that their employees were not following policy, I felt compelled to share my alarming findings with the general public to help avoid someone’s complete bank savings from being depleted on burgers and chicken.

Employee training, along with quality control, has sunk to appalling new lows. So beware, Shasta County fast food patrons — we’ve been told that fried foods could be our downfall, but who knew it meant financially? And for those reading this who might find themselves in possession of a stolen debit card — go to town. Apparently no one is checking. But play it safe and keep each transaction under $25 to avoid suspicion.

Article source: http://www.redding.com/news/2012/jul/30/dee-hall-security-lapses-foster-id-theft/

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Ask Marilyn: Should You Shred Your Junk Mail?

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Tina Shaycort of Melissa, Texas, writes:

Marilyn: A reader stated that she chops up junk mail containing her name and address before she discards it, in an effort to avoid identity theft. (July 7, 2012) You replied that you believe that this effort is not accomplishing much, if anything, and that the reader should simply discard the junk mail without bothering to tear it up.

My family and I always shred all mail that we are discarding. We didn’t always do this. One time, we discarded a piece of business reply mail that had my mother’s name and address on it. This mail was an offer for magazine subscriptions. Someone almost certainly took this mail from our trash and pasted some of the supplied stamps onto spaces in the business reply card, indicating that my mother wanted to receive some magazines. She stated getting eight magazines delivered to her that she didn’t want, and then she got a bill for payment. It took her some effort to straighten this out, and to convince the company that she didn’t order the magazines. From then on, we have shredded all mail that we discard.

Marilyn responds:

Wow, you’re going to so much trouble! If I were you, I would simply discard the mail. And if you ever receive a magazine or other item you didn’t order, just cross off your name and address, write “Refused” on it, and drop it back in the mail with no additional postage. The company will get the message before long.

Article source: http://www.journal-news.net/page/dataFeeds_parade.display/ID/582447/PID/2/Ask-Marilyn--Should-You-Shred-Your-Junk-Mail-.html

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Police Reports: A Case of Mistaken Identities

Monday, July 30th, 2012

At 5:11 p.m. Monday, a 21-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for identity theft after a Wauwatosa police officer approached to help in what appeared to be a situation of a stranded motorist being helped already by others.

But when the group quickly scattered, the officer called for assistance and stopped one of the cars.

The driver, it turned out, had no valid driver’s license of his own – however, he did have five valid Wisconsin driver’s licenses that belonged to other people.

In other recent incidents:

Friday

At 1:22 a.m., a resident of the 4400 block of North 100th Street reported that he had just returned home to find his house had been broken into. He told officers he had found his side door broken open and had not entered before calling police. Officers cleared the house and then began checking for evidence. They found the lower part of the door dented and that it had been forced open so hard the inside doorknob punched a hole in the wall. Two laptop computers, a Sony Playstation game system, two cases of 25 DVDs each and a digital camera were missing.

Thursday

A Milwaukee man reported that he had been given a counterfeit $100 bill when he cashed his unemployment check at Walmart, 3850 N. 124th St., and he needed to file a police report before the store would refund his money. He said he was given the bill Wednesday night, and on Thursday night went to the BP station at North 76th and Center streets to buy gas. He offered the bill to a clerk who held it up to the light and told him it was counterfeit, with an Abe Lincoln watermark. After returning with the bill to Walmart and being told to report it to police, he brought it to the station. An officer determined that it was a genuine $5 bill that had been washed of its ink and reprinted as a 100.

A resident of the 2400 block of North 65th Street reported that overnight someone had entered her unlocked car in her driveway, rummaged through it and stolen a GPS unit.

A resident of the 2500 block of North 66th Street reported that overnight someone had entered his garage and stolen two bicycles. He thought the garage had probably been unlocked but wasn’t sure. Officers found pry marks around the latch but concluded that the damage was old and that there were no fresh signs of force.

Wednesday

Two residents of the 9200 block of Stickney Avenue reported that overnight their garages had been entered and property had been stolen. One homeowner said that his car parked inside had been rifled and an iPod and a GPS unit had been taken, as well as his garage door remote control. The report did not say whether the owner thought his garage had been locked or not, but officers found no sign of forced entry. A report was not yet filed on the burglary next door, but it was mentioned in this report that the first victim’s garage door opener was found in the neighbor’s car.

Tuesday

At 2:53 p.m. Tuesday, a 16-year-old Brookfield girl trying to stock up on cosmetics and accessories was arrested for retail theft at Mayfair Mall with merchandise from six different stores hidden in her purse and on her person. She was seen stealing a headband from Francesca’s and was followed to Bath and Body Works. Police detained her when she left that store and found she had goods from Aldo, Forever 21, Sephora and Soaps Scents in her purse. She also pulled a $3 scent refill from Bath and Body Works from her bra. Only Aldo, where she had taken sunglasses, and Sephora, where she had stolen cosmetics, wanted to prosecute. The value of merchandise from those two stores alone came to more than $425. Because of the value of the merchandise stolen, her case was to be referred to Milwaukee County Children’s Court. The girl said she steals whenever she’s mad at her mother, always feels badly afterward, and was mortified by what her family would now think of her.

A resident of an apartment in the 9600 block of West Hampton Avenue reported that on Monday evening his locked bicycle had been stolen from the building’s open garage, and that he had reviewed video surveillance footage with the building maintenance superintendent that showed the theft in progress. Police viewed and observed two boys riding on a silver 20-inch BMX bike, one of them on the handlebars, entering the garage and both riding out, one of them then on the victim’s bike. Both boys’ physical descriptions were identical, being black, 14 to 17 years old, 5-feet 8- to 10-inches tall, with thin builds of 130 to 140 pounds and lighter complexions.

At 8:47 a.m., a 16-year-old Wauwatosa boy was arrested at Wauwatosa West High School for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia (pipe). The boy had been spotted after summer school classes the day before smoking cigarettes with a group of other students on school grounds. The students were called in to the office one by one the next morning and asked to submit to a search, which in the case of this boy turned up a used glass pipe and a small bag of marijuana in his backpack.

A resident of the 2400 block of Lefeber Avenue reported that overnight someone entered his unlocked car in his driveway and stole change and a coupon book. He also said the graceless crook had left his driver’s door wide open and that his front seat was thoroughly soaked with rainwater.

A resident of the 9200 block of Stickney Avenue reported that some time between 5:45 and 6:40 a.m. someone had entered her garage, rummaged through her husband’s car and stolen two bicycles. The woman said that she had been out to her van early and everything was fine, but she had heard two men yelling to someone somewhere to the east of her home. She said she thought that odd and worrisome and she quickly went back inside. When she went back out later, the bikes were gone.

Monday

A 4:49 p.m., a 72-year-old Cudahy man was arrested for retail theft at Goodwill, 12121 W. Feerick St., after he filled a shopping cart with clothing, shoes and other items, as much as it would hold, and wheeled right out the door. The total resale value of the merchandise was almost $400, a considerable sum at Goodwill. The man said he planned to sell the stuff at rummage sales and that he just forgot to pay.

At 4:43 p.m., a 26-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for drunken driving, first offense, after a stop for speeding in the 10200 block of West Capitol Drive. He was clocked doing 55 in a 35-mph zone and, when pulled over smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, glassy eyes. He performed poorly on standard field sobriety tests and blew a .149 preliminary breath sample.

At 4:16 p.m., two Milwaukee women, 18 and 19, were arrested for retail theft at Macy’s at Mayfair after they were seen concealing jewelry in their babies’ strollers and diaper bags. Between them, they had 14 items worth $1,066.

Article source: http://wauwatosa.patch.com/articles/police-reports-a-case-of-mistaken-identities

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Sex Offenders Resort To ID Theft To Skirt Laws, Study Says

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY –

Across the country convicted sex offenders are going to extremes
to stay under the radar and the founder of a metro sex offender compound says
the laws are giving offenders no other choice.

Forty sex offenders are currently living in tents at Hand Up
ministries, but another 200 or more have already been forced out of the
compound and onto the streets. With restrictions on where they can live, some
say offenders are resorting to identity theft.

“The things you have to deal with as an offender are basically
difficult,” said Bradley Crawford.

Crawford knows firsthand. For more than a decade he has registered
as a sex offender.

“Every day I regret that,” said Crawford.

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As an offender, Crawford is restricted on where he can live and
work and admits at times he has considered it would be easier to just change
his entire identity.

“It’s not possible for me. I am who I am and that’s not going to
change. To try to do something like that is a lot more effort and work,”
Crawford said.

Still, a new study shows 1 in 6 offenders will do the work
necessary to create an alias. The study found offenders alter their appearance,
steal birth dates and social security numbers to avoid registration.

“I don’t think they have any other choice,” said David Nichols, founder
of Hand Up Ministries.

Nichols blames strict laws, saying Oklahoma forces offenders out
of this compound and then offers few alternatives

“It’s just crazy, just really stupid lawmaking. I mean, I don’t
know any better word for it,” said Nichols.

Attorney David Slane represents dozens of sex offenders.

“I will be candid with you, I have never heard even one in Oklahoma
that’s done this,” said Slane.

While Slane says it is possible offenders could resort to identity
theft, he believes more of them, like Crawford, will instead look to a lawyer
for help.

“I think that does happen occasionally. It’s unreasonable, but not
the extent these people are trying to make it sound,” said Slane.

The study shows law enforcement’s at this time are not reporting an
immediate threat due to tracking systems. The study also found that sex
offenders will move to states with more relaxed restrictions to make it easier
to manipulate identities.

Article source: http://www.news9.com/story/19134793/sex-offenders-resort-to-id-theft-to-skirt-laws-study-says

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