Archive for April, 2013

Former bank teller sentenced in ID theft

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

ALBANY, Ga. — Victoria Metz, 26, drew a four-year prison sentence Thursday for 12 counts of embezzlement of government property and four counts of aggravated identity theft, according to according to Michael J. Moore, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.

U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands, of the Middle District of Georgia, delivered the sentence.

Metz, formerly employed as a teller for Colony Bank in Leesburg, was convicted by a jury on Jan. 16 for cashing $79,361 in stolen Internal Revenue Service refund checks. During her trial, Metz admitted to having received a portion on the proceeds from a third party who supplied the checks.

“When Ms. Metz stole her victims’ identities, she took something from every one of us,” Moore said. “The message should be clear. When you commit identity theft you are going to jail.”

Following the completion of her prison sentence, Metz must serve three years of supervised release and make restitution to Colony Bank for the $79,361.

Article source: http://www.albanyherald.com/news/2013/apr/26/former-bank-teller-sentenced-id-theft/

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Yakima County Crime Stoppers Raise Awareness About Identity Theft

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

YAKIMA, Wash.–Yakima County Crime Stoppers were out helping protect people from identity theft Saturday.

People were encouraged to bring their old checks, bank or credit card statements and any other sensitive papers. It didn’t cost anything to get your documents shredded, but Crime Stoppers did accept donations for their reward fund.

“This is a real win win for our community because the money that goes into Crime Stoppers we use for rewards,” said Ben Hittle. “We’re getting some very bad people off the streets that are still committing crimes until they get picked up.”

People could also drop off their unused or expired prescription medications. DEA Agents gathered them at the end of the day to be properly disposed of.

Article source: http://www.kndu.com/story/22098159/yakima-county-crime-stoppers-protect-your-identity

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Man gets jail sentence, must pay back $64K in identity theft case

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

A Brewster man who stole tens of thousands of dollars from his former Taunton girlfriend while she was suffering from cancer will have to pay back $64,000 to the victim’s daughter once he gets out of prison.

Paul Picciallo, 57, was sentenced Thursday in Taunton District Court to two and a half years with 18 months to serve and 14 days credit, after being found guilty of larceny over $250, two counts of ID fraud and credit card fraud over $250.

Judge Debra Shopteese ordered Picciallo, formerly of 585 Thousand Oaks, within two months of his release to begin monthly payments of $4,001 as part of a $64,000 restitution order.

Because the victim died less than two months after police were notified of the crimes, the victim’s daughter, who previously had power of attorney over her mother’s affairs, is entitled to the money.

The jury returned their verdict on the final day of a three-and-a-half-day trial.
Picciallo was charged with fraudulently closing out the Charles Shwab retirement fund of the late Marjorie Adams, obtaining a check from that account in the amount of $64,938 and depositing it in his Cape Cod Five Savings account.

Another $27,000 from two checks Picciallo allegedly misappropriated from Adams’s credit union account was eventually recovered.

The judge ordered Picciallo be placed on five years probation after his release, during which time he is to stay away from the his former girlfriend’s family.

Taunton police became aware of the case in February 2010, when the victim’s daughter, who now lives in Brockton, described to them how Picciallo managed to manipulate her mother after moving into her Whittenton Street condominium.

Ashley Adams, who was then 25, told police her mother met Picciallo online.
She said after moving in Picciallo overmedicated her mother as a means of control, opened numerous credit cards in the woman’s name, tried to convince her mother to name him sole beneficiary in her will, and stole a diamond necklace and various household appliances, including a stove and refrigerator.

Picciallo allegedly took those items after he was forced to leave as result of a restraining order taken out against him.

After police received an affidavit of forgery from the victim for the two checks, they ran a board of probation background check on Picciallo that indicated “several similar incidents on his record,” according to the police report.

Marjorie (Korch) Adams, who had lived in Brockton and Taunton, died in April 2010 at the age of 52.

During the trial the state was represented by second assistant district attorney Paul Machado.

Picciallo in April 2010 was also arrested for driving on a revoked license, a subsequent offense, and possession of cocaine, also a subsequent offense.

Article source: http://www.tauntongazette.com/topstories/x2062758202/Man-gets-jail-sentence-must-pay-back-64K-in-identity-theft-case

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Man gets jail sentence, must pay back $64K in identity theft case

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

A Brewster man who stole tens of thousands of dollars from his former Taunton girlfriend while she was suffering from cancer will have to pay back $64,000 to the victim’s daughter once he gets out of prison.

Paul Picciallo, 57, was sentenced Thursday in Taunton District Court to two and a half years with 18 months to serve and 14 days credit, after being found guilty of larceny over $250, two counts of ID fraud and credit card fraud over $250.

Judge Debra Shopteese ordered Picciallo, formerly of 585 Thousand Oaks, within two months of his release to begin monthly payments of $4,001 as part of a $64,000 restitution order.

Because the victim died less than two months after police were notified of the crimes, the victim’s daughter, who previously had power of attorney over her mother’s affairs, is entitled to the money.

The jury returned their verdict on the final day of a three-and-a-half-day trial.
Picciallo was charged with fraudulently closing out the Charles Shwab retirement fund of the late Marjorie Adams, obtaining a check from that account in the amount of $64,938 and depositing it in his Cape Cod Five Savings account.

Another $27,000 from two checks Picciallo allegedly misappropriated from Adams’s credit union account was eventually recovered.

The judge ordered Picciallo be placed on five years probation after his release, during which time he is to stay away from the his former girlfriend’s family.

Taunton police became aware of the case in February 2010, when the victim’s daughter, who now lives in Brockton, described to them how Picciallo managed to manipulate her mother after moving into her Whittenton Street condominium.

Ashley Adams, who was then 25, told police her mother met Picciallo online.
She said after moving in Picciallo overmedicated her mother as a means of control, opened numerous credit cards in the woman’s name, tried to convince her mother to name him sole beneficiary in her will, and stole a diamond necklace and various household appliances, including a stove and refrigerator.

Picciallo allegedly took those items after he was forced to leave as result of a restraining order taken out against him.

After police received an affidavit of forgery from the victim for the two checks, they ran a board of probation background check on Picciallo that indicated “several similar incidents on his record,” according to the police report.

Marjorie (Korch) Adams, who had lived in Brockton and Taunton, died in April 2010 at the age of 52.

During the trial the state was represented by second assistant district attorney Paul Machado.

Picciallo in April 2010 was also arrested for driving on a revoked license, a subsequent offense, and possession of cocaine, also a subsequent offense.

Article source: http://www.tauntongazette.com/topstories/x2062758202/Man-gets-jail-sentence-must-pay-back-64K-in-identity-theft-case

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Police Investigate Larcenies, Retail Fraud and Identity Theft

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Bloomfield Township

Officers with the Bloomfield Township Police Department are trying to identify a woman that stole a basket full of diet pills from CVS/Pharmacy last week. The woman walked into the store and loaded a hand basket with diet pills.

Reports said that a manager tried to blocked the woman from leaving in the doorway, the shoplifter said she would pay for the items. When the manager took a few steps backward, the woman ran out of the store and into a vehicle nearby that sped off. The stolen pills are valued at a bout $500, reports said.

She is described as white, between 22-30 years old, with dirty-blonde hair. She wore a black leather jacket and blue jeans.

Identity Theft

A resident in the 600 Block of Fox Hills told police that someone filed a false tax return in her name in 2011 that resulted in a refund of more than $600 sent to another individual. Investigator encouraged her to enroll in an identity theft prevention program to prevent further crimes with that information. No suspect information was available.

Larcenies

  • A motorist told police that someone removed the catalytic converter from underneath her vehicle while parked in the 7000 Block of Deep Run between 4 p.m. on April 20 and 3 p.m. April 21st. No suspect information was available and the investigation is ongoing.
  • A patron at the G Studio, 784 Industrial Court, told police that someone stole her purse while she worked out in an exercise class, reports said. The victim said the purse were in an unlocked locker. The victim valued the total loss, including all the purse’s contents, at about $7000. No suspect information was available, and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on any of the incidents listed here should call the department at 248-433-7752.

Bloomfield Hills

Officials with the Bloomfield Hills Department of Public Safety reported no major police or fire related incidents during the past week.

For questions about this blotter, email Art.Aisner@Patch.com.

Article source: http://bloomfield-mi.patch.com/articles/police-investigate-larcenies-retail-fraud-and-identity-theft

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Police Investigate Larcenies, Retail Fraud and Identity Theft

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Bloomfield Township

Officers with the Bloomfield Township Police Department are trying to identify a woman that stole a basket full of diet pills from CVS/Pharmacy last week. The woman walked into the store and loaded a hand basket with diet pills.

Reports said that a manager tried to blocked the woman from leaving in the doorway, the shoplifter said she would pay for the items. When the manager took a few steps backward, the woman ran out of the store and into a vehicle nearby that sped off. The stolen pills are valued at a bout $500, reports said.

She is described as white, between 22-30 years old, with dirty-blonde hair. She wore a black leather jacket and blue jeans.

Identity Theft

A resident in the 600 Block of Fox Hills told police that someone filed a false tax return in her name in 2011 that resulted in a refund of more than $600 sent to another individual. Investigator encouraged her to enroll in an identity theft prevention program to prevent further crimes with that information. No suspect information was available.

Larcenies

  • A motorist told police that someone removed the catalytic converter from underneath her vehicle while parked in the 7000 Block of Deep Run between 4 p.m. on April 20 and 3 p.m. April 21st. No suspect information was available and the investigation is ongoing.
  • A patron at the G Studio, 784 Industrial Court, told police that someone stole her purse while she worked out in an exercise class, reports said. The victim said the purse were in an unlocked locker. The victim valued the total loss, including all the purse’s contents, at about $7000. No suspect information was available, and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on any of the incidents listed here should call the department at 248-433-7752.

Bloomfield Hills

Officials with the Bloomfield Hills Department of Public Safety reported no major police or fire related incidents during the past week.

For questions about this blotter, email Art.Aisner@Patch.com.

Article source: http://bloomfield-mi.patch.com/articles/police-investigate-larcenies-retail-fraud-and-identity-theft

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Savvy Senior: Avoiding identity theft when you travel

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

By Jim Miller

Most people don’t realize that when you travel, your risk of identity theft increases. Here are a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself while you’re away.

• Alert your credit card companies: Before you leave, let them know when, where and how long you’ll be traveling. This helps their fraud departments stop bogus charges if your card is used where you’re not. And, it reduces the risk that your card will be frozen when you use it far from home.

• Secure your mail: Get a friend or neighbor to pick up your mail every day while you’re gone, or stop your mail at the post office. A full mailbox can be very inviting to identity thieves and burglars. Also, stop the newspaper, and don’t broadcast your travel plans on social networking websites.

• Clean out your wallet: Pickpockets love tourist destinations, so take only essential identifiers, like your driver’s license, and just two credit cards — carry one with you, and lock the other one in a hotel room safe in case your wallet gets stolen. Also, don’t ever carry your Social Security card in your wallet, and leave your checkbook home too.

It’s also a good idea to make copies of your plane tickets, hotel reservations, passport, driver’s license and credit cards, and leave them with a friend or relative who you can call in an emergency. And make a list of contact numbers of your credit card providers so you can call them if your pocket gets picked.

• Protect your smartphone: These are gold mines for ID thieves. If you use a smartphone, protect your personal information by using the security settings to lock your screen with a password. Then install a GPS location tracking app on your phone such as “Where’s My Droid” for Android devices, or if you’re an iPhone user, activate the built in “Find My iPhone” app. You can also set up your phone so that if it does get stolen, you can remotely erase its data. Your wireless carrier may offer this service, and many security apps include this feature.

• Use safe ATMs. If you need cash while you’re away, use ATMs that are located at banks. These are more secure than stand-alone ATMs which can be rigged to capture your card information that thieves can steal.

• Safeguard your hotel: Never leave your wallet, passport, credit cards or other valuables lying around your hotel room. Either keep them with you or lock them up in the hotel safe. And if you have a laptop computer or tablet, get a locking device that lets you lock it to something fixed in the room. You local computer store can help you with this.

Be careful with hotel computers and free Wi-Fi networks: Don’t access your personal accounts or disclose any of your financial information on hotel or other public computers or on public Wi-Fi networks. You never know what identity-stealing software is at work.

• Freeze your credit: A temporary freeze denies access to your credit history, so ID thieves can’t open accounts in your name while you’re away, but it doesn’t stop you from using your credit card. To set up a freeze, contact each of the three credit bureaus – Equifax (equifax.com, 800-685-1111), Experian (experian.com, 888-397-3742) and TransUnion (transunion.com, 877-322-8228). It typically costs around $10 per credit bureau to freeze your account, and $10 to unfreeze it. If you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time this is a good extra protection.

Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC “Today” show.

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  5. Thinking about remarrying later in life?

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Savvy Senior: Avoiding identity theft when you travel

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

By Jim Miller

Most people don’t realize that when you travel, your risk of identity theft increases. Here are a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself while you’re away.

• Alert your credit card companies: Before you leave, let them know when, where and how long you’ll be traveling. This helps their fraud departments stop bogus charges if your card is used where you’re not. And, it reduces the risk that your card will be frozen when you use it far from home.

• Secure your mail: Get a friend or neighbor to pick up your mail every day while you’re gone, or stop your mail at the post office. A full mailbox can be very inviting to identity thieves and burglars. Also, stop the newspaper, and don’t broadcast your travel plans on social networking websites.

• Clean out your wallet: Pickpockets love tourist destinations, so take only essential identifiers, like your driver’s license, and just two credit cards — carry one with you, and lock the other one in a hotel room safe in case your wallet gets stolen. Also, don’t ever carry your Social Security card in your wallet, and leave your checkbook home too.

It’s also a good idea to make copies of your plane tickets, hotel reservations, passport, driver’s license and credit cards, and leave them with a friend or relative who you can call in an emergency. And make a list of contact numbers of your credit card providers so you can call them if your pocket gets picked.

• Protect your smartphone: These are gold mines for ID thieves. If you use a smartphone, protect your personal information by using the security settings to lock your screen with a password. Then install a GPS location tracking app on your phone such as “Where’s My Droid” for Android devices, or if you’re an iPhone user, activate the built in “Find My iPhone” app. You can also set up your phone so that if it does get stolen, you can remotely erase its data. Your wireless carrier may offer this service, and many security apps include this feature.

• Use safe ATMs. If you need cash while you’re away, use ATMs that are located at banks. These are more secure than stand-alone ATMs which can be rigged to capture your card information that thieves can steal.

• Safeguard your hotel: Never leave your wallet, passport, credit cards or other valuables lying around your hotel room. Either keep them with you or lock them up in the hotel safe. And if you have a laptop computer or tablet, get a locking device that lets you lock it to something fixed in the room. You local computer store can help you with this.

Be careful with hotel computers and free Wi-Fi networks: Don’t access your personal accounts or disclose any of your financial information on hotel or other public computers or on public Wi-Fi networks. You never know what identity-stealing software is at work.

• Freeze your credit: A temporary freeze denies access to your credit history, so ID thieves can’t open accounts in your name while you’re away, but it doesn’t stop you from using your credit card. To set up a freeze, contact each of the three credit bureaus – Equifax (equifax.com, 800-685-1111), Experian (experian.com, 888-397-3742) and TransUnion (transunion.com, 877-322-8228). It typically costs around $10 per credit bureau to freeze your account, and $10 to unfreeze it. If you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time this is a good extra protection.

Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC “Today” show.

Related posts:

  1. Trio charged with identity theft, conspiracy
  2. How to verify your Social Security benefits
  3. Savvy Senior: How to start an ethical will
  4. Financial help for grandparents who are raising grandchildren
  5. Thinking about remarrying later in life?

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Federal grand jury in Montgomery indicts man in identity theft scheme

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — A federal grand jury in Montgomery has returned an indictment charging Harvey James for using stolen identities to file false tax returns.

The 34-count indictment charges James with mail fraud and aggravated identity theft, George L. Beck, Jr, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama announced.

According to the indictment, James obtained stolen identities from individuals who had access to inmate information from the Alabama Department of Corrections.

James and others used those inmate names to file false federal and state tax refunds. James directed some of the false refunds to be sent to either prepaid debit cards or issued via check. He directed some of the prepaid debit cards and state tax refund checks to be mailed to various addresses on a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier’s route which was located in Montgomery.

Between 2010 and 2012, James and others filed more than 2,000 federal and state income tax returns that claimed over $2.5 million in fraudulent tax refunds.

If convicted, he faces 20 years imprisonment for each mail fraud count and a mandatory two year sentence for the aggravated identity theft counts. He is also subject to fines, mandatory restitution, and forfeiture if convicted.

Article source: http://blog.al.com/montgomery/2013/04/federal_grand_jury_in_montgome.html

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One persons struggle with identity theft

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

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