Archive for April, 2015

Man on probation arrested for possession of firearm and narcotics, identity theft

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

A 27-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested Tuesday in Glendale after police found him with a loaded pistol and tools commonly used to break windows, along with a license plate, checks and paperwork belonging to other people, police said.

Just before 4:30 p.m., officers contacted German Martinez, who was on probation for burglary, in the parking lot of the Manhattan Motel, located in the 1500 block of East Colorado Boulevard, because his car was missing a front license plate, said Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.

While he was being questioned, he reportedly said he was waiting for his wife, who was in a motel room, and admitted to possessing a gun, Lightfoot said.

Officers found a loaded pistol in his pants pocket, Lightfoot said, adding that, in his car, officers allegedly found two methamphetamine pipes with “heavy” residue, two window-punching devices and a license plate registered to someone with a similar car.

In his wallet, police reportedly found miscellaneous paperwork and checks belonging to other people.

Martinez was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm and narcotics as well as identity theft.

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Man sentenced to 7 1/2 years for identity theft tax return scheme – Chicago Sun

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

A man was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison after pleading guilty to stealing identities to file false tax returns, collecting more than $350,000 in the process.

Robert Brown, 30, pleaded guilty in January to one count each of aggravated identity theft and wire fraud in a six-count indictment, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office.

Brown, of Chicago, admitted that between January 2010 and March 2014, he submitted fraudulent federal income tax returns with identities he and another co-defendant stole from 332 people, the statement said.

Several of the identity theft victims were residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The phony tax returns netted Brown and his co-defendant $357,539, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Brown’s co-defendant, Lorenzo Brown, obtained the names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth of the victims, and gave their information to him. Robert Brown then prepared the fraudulent tax returns, knowing the information was acquired illegally, the statement said.

Robert Brown was sentenced Tuesday to 71/2 years in prison. Lorenzo Brown is scheduled to be sentenced June 25.

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Police Seek Suspect In Watertown Identity Theft

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

WATERTOWN — Police are looking for a man who illegally used another person’s identity to open a Verizon Wireless account and purchase a $900 phone.

The man was spotted on surveillance at the Target on Main Street in Trumbull about 5 p.m. last Friday, police said.

The victim of the identity theft is a Watertown resident, police said.

After opening the account, the suspect billed the purchase of an iPhone to the victim, police.

The suspect is described as a black male in his early to mid-30’s, police said. He has a medium frame and a short haircut with a mustache and a beard.

He was seen wearing a jacket, white shirt, dark pants and black shoes, police said.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the police at 860-945-5200.

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Tenn. woman arrested, 10 wanted in $1.2M identity theft scheme

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) – Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says 10 employees of a Texas cable contractor and a former Comcast worker are accused of using at least 1,200 Comcast customers’ personal information to open 3,600 fraudulent cable accounts in northwest Louisiana.

He says the scheme cost Comcast, RMH Cable of Austin, Texas, and customers more than $1.2 million in commissions, equipment and service.

Prator says Comcast hired RMH to find new Shreveport-area customers. He said Tuesday that 10 workers allegedly found residents who agreed to have cable service installed using others’ information so the contractors could collect a commission.

Prator says a former Comcast employee from Tennessee has been arrested, and deputies are looking for nine men and a woman from at least five states.

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Man pretending to be Mike Rumph arrested for identity theft

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

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Football players are often easy targets for impersonators, as they wear helmets for a living and don’t have the same kind of face-recognition other athletes might.

And it helps when the crook has the same name.

According to the Associated Press, a man named Michael Rumph was arrested for pretending to be former NFL cornerback Mike Rumph, for the purposes of renting a home on Long Island.

Local prosecutors say the man pleaded not guilty to identity theft, criminal impersonation and possessing a forged instrument, and he’s free on $500 bond. They said the man had a pair of forged pay stubs, and a letter claiming to be from his employer.

The real Mike Rumph was a first-round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami, and played for the 49ers, Washington, and briefly with the Rams, before retiring in 2008.

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Seattle archdiocese breach big reason for state ID theft increase

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

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Two arrested in Chino identity theft case involving hundreds of victims

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

CHINO Deputies arrested two women on Tuesday after a simple credit card theft investigation revealed a larger scale operation that unearthed hundreds of identity theft victims, officials said.

Josephine Chai, 30, and Jessica Duong, 25, both of Chino, were taken into custody after deputies served a search warrant at Chai’s Chino home in the 14000 block of Ironbark Avenue.

Detectives uncovered what they described as an identity theft ring allegedly led by Chai.

Authorities recovered dozens of allegedly forged or altered credit cards issued in the suspect’s name, as well as other names; several computers; an embossing machine; a credit card manufacturing machine; several card encoders; foil used to emboss fraudulent credit cards; a card encoder; several stock credit cards; a money counter; and hundreds of documents containing the personal information of other probable victims, including bank statements, bills and other mail.

Deputies also discovered a 3D printer that was actively creating a lower receiver for an AR-15 type assault rifle, officials said.

“An AR-15 is comprised of two main bodies,” former U.S. Army weapons specialist James Sinclair said. “There’s an upper and a lower. The lower regulates ammunition expenditure and is regulated by the government.”

According to the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms website it is unlawful for any person to produce a firearm as proscribed in federal regulations..

Deputies also found a lower receiver previously manufactured loaded with live ammunition, as well as one loaded with airsoft ammunition.

Sheriff’s officials have not released the names of the alleged identity theft victims.

Chai and Duong were booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on suspicion of identity theft, possession of four or more credit card numbers, possession of personal information of more than 10 victims, forging access cards, unlawful acquisition of access cards, use of a stolen access card, possession of equipment to forge access cards, possession of card encoder, possession of controlled substance for sale, and manufacturing firearms.

Both are being held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

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1 arrested, 10 wanted in $1.2M identity theft scheme involving cable accounts …

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Authorities say 10 employees of a Texas cable contractor and a former Comcast worker are accused of using at least 1,200 Comcast customers’ personal information to open 3,600 fraudulent cable accounts in northwest Louisiana.

Caddo Parish, Louisiana, Sheriff Steve Prator says the scheme cost Comcast, RMH Cable of Austin, Texas, and customers more than $1.2 million in commissions, equipment and service.

He said Comcast hired RMH to find new Shreveport-area customers, and the conspirators allegedly found residents willing to have cable service installed using others’ information so the contractors could collect commissions averaging $300 per account.

He said the Caddo-Shreveport Financial Crimes Task Force began getting identity theft complaints in April 2013. Most were from people outside the parish who received collection notices on overdue accounts they’d never heard about.

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Rapid Rise Seen in ‘Life-or-Death’ Form of Identity Theft

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

A potentially dangerous new form of identity theft the News4 I-Team first reported on in 2013 is growing at a rapid pace, according to a new study. At least half of the perpetrators are people the victims know and maybe even love.

The Ponemon Institute report shows medical identity theft cases in the U.S. grew 21 percent last year.

“Medical I.D. theft is when someone uses someone else’s identity to obtain medical goods or services,” explained Ann Patterson of the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA), whose group sponsored the study.

And unlike traditional identity theft, which mainly has a financial impact, Patterson said this crime can also have severe consequences for your health.

“Your medical identity is corrupted with the identity thief’s health information. So their blood type, their allergies, their diseases, their health conditions that are not accurately reflecting your health,” Patterson said. “It is most certainly a life-or-death situation.”

The potential health impact is one aspect that had Ronnie Bogle worried when he started to suspect he’d become a victim.

“If something happened to me, and I was rendered unconscious and needed blood, and [someone else’s records] pulled up, I could die,” Bogle told the I-Team, “because I’m getting the wrong blood type.”

Bogle suspected something was wrong when he got an automatic credit report five years ago. It showed multiple bills for medical treatments he said he never received.

Since then, Bogle’s spent thousands of dollars and countless hours trying to clear the wrong information from his records.

“This isn’t something that’s just happening to me,” Bogle said. “This is happening to a lot of other people that don’t know about it.”

That MIFA report shows more than 2 million people fell victim to medical identity theft in 2014. And in about half of the cases, those who carried out the fraud were friends or family members of the victims.

“About a quarter of the victims were somebody that they were complicit in sharing their medical identity,” Patterson said, “and about another quarter were people that used [a friend or family member’s medical identity] without their permission.”

Ronnie Bogle said he falls into the “friends and family” category. He thinks his estranged brother Gary is the one who racked up the medical bills.

“‘Do you have any idea what you’ve done to me and my life?’ is what I’d like to ask him,” Bogle said after he watched a police video of the man he blames being arrested for disorderly conduct while using his name.

The real Ronnie Bogle is still fighting to clear his name from police and court records, as well. The I-Team found Ronnie’s name on more citations filed just last month in Washington state, mainly for traffic and nuisance violations.

We reached out to the attorney for the man claiming to be Ronnie Bogle but did not hear back.

MIFA says everyone should protect their health insurance details and medical records the same way they would protect credit card and bank account info. And don’t let possible concerns over privacy laws stop you from requesting information with your name.

“Victims are entitled to their own medical records in full, even if [they’re] corrupted and [have] sensitive personal information about the identity thief in their record,” Patterson said.

The group is also pushing for the medical industry to stop using Social Security numbers on records.

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Identity theft arrest made

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Jeremy Sanders

Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 12:15 pm

Identity theft arrest made

By Jeff Lehr | Globe Reporter

Joplin Globe

Joplin police arrested a Carthage man Monday following a lengthy investigation in an identity theft case.

Capt. Bob Higginbotham of the Joplin Police Department said Jeremy J. Sanders, 35, was arrested on suspicion of having used the identity of Joplin resident Sumie Hashimoto to obtain several credit cards, which he used to make $19,117.95 worth of purchases. About $6,300 worth of the fraudulent transactions were committed in Joplin, Higginbotham said.

Hashimoto reported in February that someone had obtained credit cards in her name. Higginbotham said an investigation developed Sanders, an acquaintance of the victim, as a suspect. Formal charges have yet to be filed in the case.

Jeff Lehr is a reporter for The Joplin Globe. 

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