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6-year-old Bloomfield Township girl’s Social Security number stolen in …

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) – Having your identity stolen can be a nightmare, yet it’s even more of a sinister crime when a child is the victim.

This is alarming on so many levels – identity thieves choosing a 6-year-old as their target.

She’s now the victim of a heinous crime involving identity theft. Her father recently filed an official report with Bloomfield Township police, after discovering what happened.

Turns out the crooked cowards who somehow got the child’s Social Security number have also been using them in Detroit to open up utility accounts.

Doug Smith says companies like DTE Energy and Consumer’s were then reporting unpaid bills under his daughter’s credit history.

A credit monitoring service is considered the best way to stay on top of possible identity theft. Doug says that’s helped him to at least start fixing his daughter’s credit.

In the meantime, it remains a mystery how someone got her sensitive info to begin with and who those villains are.

Doug says his daughter’s information could’ve been stolen as far back as a year ago.

We’ve reached out to DTE and Consumer’s who promise to look into it further.

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Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Christmas Arrest for Identity Theft

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Shavonne Coachman: bond set at $11,550. Westport Police photo

Westport detectives Christmas Day arrested a Hartford woman on three warrants at the Cromwell Police Department for fraudulent purchases that racked up more than $7,000 on stolen Westport credit cards, police said.

According to Lt. David Farrell, the arrest of Shavonne Coachman, 32, stemmed from an extensive identity theft investigation by the Westport Detective Bureau into credit cards stolen in October from burglarized Westport motor vehicles. Coachman was the recipient of those cards, which were used in the Hartford area, Farrell said.

From the three warrants, she was charged with a total of five counts of third-degree identity theft, five counts of conspiracy to commit identity theft in the third degree, conspiracy to commit the illegal use of a credit card and failure to appear on another charge in New Britain.

Coachman is scheduled to appear on the Westport charges in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, Jan. 4. Bond was set at $11,550 on all charges.

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Thursday, December 31st, 2015

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157 Victims Confirmed in Eagan Identity Theft Ring

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

A criminal complaint is revealing more details about an Eagan identity theft ring that affects at least 157 victims.

The investigation began after an asset protection manager at the Eagan Sam’s Club called Eagan police at 3:40 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, about suspicious activity. The manager said there was a group of men in the store who were making repeated purchases of large amounts of gift cards.

The manager said the group matched the description of other men who had bought about $7,000 in gift cards at the Apple Valley Sam’s Club an hour earlier.

The manager said the men were using multiple credit cards to make the purchases, with some of them being declined.

Officers responded to the store, and the manager said two of the men had bought about $3,500 in gift cards, and a third man had bought an additional $3,500 in gift cards. Police say the group used 14 different credit cards to buy more than $7,000 worth of gift cards at the Eagan Sam’s Club.

Officers stopped the suspect vehicle and identified the occupants as 39-year-old Heredi Gutierrez-Arregui, 34-year-old Giraldo Salas Avila, 35-year-old Alberto Perez-Martin, 45-year-old Osvaldo Pilas-Rojas and 39-year-old July Antonio Alvia, all from Las Vegas.

Police say surveillance video shows all five men making gift card purchases.

Police searched the men and say July Alvia was found in possession of nine Mastercard gift cards and four credit cards; Pilas-Rojas was in possession of 10 credit cards; Giraldo Avila was in possession of one Mastercard gift card; and Gutierrez-Arregui was in possession of one Mastercard gift card and 12 credit cards.

Police say all but one credit card were counterfeit and had been created using someone else’s credit card number.

In an interview with police, Gutierrez-Arregui said he had received an email about a “work opportunity” in Minnesota, so he and the four other men came to Minnesota and called the Minnesota contact person. They then got a key to a motel room, where a package was delivered that contained about 200 credit cards in their names.

The men were told to use the credit cards to buy gift cards and then split the money with their “employer,” according to the criminal complaint.

Police say a search warrant of the vehicle revealed 126 more counterfeit credit cards along with two Olive Garden gift cards, four $50 Mastercard gift cards, 27 $100 Mastercard gift cards and 90 $200 Mastercard gift cards.

The total amount was $21,000.

Police say all of the counterfeit credit cards were real credit card accounts belonging to 157 victims.

The five men have been charged with identify theft.

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Man sought in identity theft and counterfeiting case

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 29, 2015) – Indianapolis Metropolitan police need help identifying a man wanted in an identity theft and counterfeiting case.

On March 20, 2015, the man used a Maryland driver’s license and posed as William Weintraub to pass a counterfeit check at the PNC Bank located at 6912 S. Madison Ave. The check was drawn off an account belonging to Paul Davis Restoration.

The next day, the man used a fake Ohio driver’s license to pose as Noah Sadow to pass another counterfeit check drawn from the same account, police said.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477 (TIPS) or 800-222-8477 (TIPS). You can also submit a mobile tip through the P3tips app for Apple or Android phones or visit to submit a web tip.

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Different ways to protect minors from ID theft – WECT

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015


Parents in North Carolina will soon be able to help protect their children from identity theft.

A new bill that takes effect January 1, 2016 will allow parents and guardians the ability to freeze the credit reports of all children under 16 years of age.

According to the NC Department of Justice, major credit bureaus have said they could not freeze credit reports for minors in the past who had not yet established any credit. The new law, however, requires credit bureaus to create and freeze a child’s credit report upon request of a parent or guardian.

“A security freeze locks down your credit report to keep identity thieves from opening accounts and racking up debts in your name,” Attorney General Roy Cooper said. “ID theft can strike victims of any age and now parents can protect their kids’ credit from the very beginning.”

How to get a security freeze for your children

Starting January 1:

  • Request a security freeze for your child under age 16 by mail, by telephone, or online. Visit for contact information.
  • To lift a freeze permanently or temporarily, use the PIN or password established when setting up the freeze.
  • It may cost up to $5 per credit bureau to place or lift a freeze on a child’s credit.
  • A freeze is free if the child already has a credit report or has been a victim of identity theft.

North Carolina adults can freeze their credit reports for free online with each of the three major credit bureaus, with information available at Once your credit is frozen, you can thaw it when needed to take out credit yourself.

Other ways to keep your kids safe

John Nusselroade, the Principal and Managing Director of Tilia Fiduciary Partners, warned of multiple ways you child could fall victim to identity theft, especially with the growing popularity of social media.

“When I was growing up in school, the worst thing that could be stolen from me is my lunch money. Today, kids with credit cards are a disaster waiting to happen, because they’re not careful with those kids of things, they don’t understand the ramifications of having a loss,” Nusselroade explained.

He warned that any time your children participate in online quizzes, someone is collecting all of that information they put in. Then using it to build a profile of your child’s interests and likes, which could lead to hacking into deeper information.

Nusselroade encouraged parents to use teaching moments to educate their kids about being safe with their personal information.

“Encourage them to use cash—the old fashioned way. Encourage them to hold onto their credit card as closely as they probably do their smart phone, and to not tell anyone their password or those types of things,” Nusselroade said while he explained the importance of talking to your kids about information safety, especially if they have a credit card.

Nusselroade said he would be weary of giving your child a credit card at too young of an age. If the criminals get into their credit, then it can lead to the parents’ finances as well.

 “And the parents are at risk too, because if you think about it, a kid under 16, let alone 18 probably, can’t get their own credit card, so they’re borrowing some of the parent’s financial information at the same time. So it’s a nice idea, but it’s a bad idea,” said Nusselroade of giving a child a credit card at too young of an age.

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Pair arrested for credit card theft, identity theft and more

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Herrerra and Moner

The Jasper Police Department arrested a pair after finding stolen credit cards, a magnetic strip reader and other stolen items Monday morning at a Jasper residence.

According to police, the investigation began after they received a notice at about 6 p.m. Sunday from an Indianapolis woman that her credit card information had been used fraudulently to make a purchase at a Jasper convenience store.

Base on this, officers searched the area and notified other convenience stores of the suspicious activities.

At about 8 p.m., an employee at a Huck’s Convenience Store became suspicious of an individual attempting to make a purchase. The individual’s card kept getting declined. The employee took down the license plate number as the car left and then notified police of the incident with a description of the vehicle.

Officers began searching for the suspect vehicle and located it in the Walmart parking lot at about 2:30 a.m. Monday. The officers met with and then took four individuals — Roberto Moner, 28, of Southside Drive, Louisville, Ky., Adianez Herrera, 43, of Piccadilly Circle, Jasper and two teens age 16 and 17 — into custody.

At about 7 a.m., officers executed a search warrant of Herrerra’s Piccadilly address and located credit cards, a magnetic strip reader, computer equipment and stolen items.

Moner and Herrerra were both charged with felony counts of fraud, identity theft, theft, and unlawful possession of card skimming devices.

The investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected.



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Authorities Looking for Suspects in Identity Theft Case

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015


The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office is looking for leads in an identity theft case.

Surveillance video released by the sheriff’s office showed the persons of interests. Although they haven’t been identified, one local attorney said the investigation is already proving to be more successful than most.

A man, woman and a teen are suspected of shopping with someone else’s money. “The investigation started in mid-November when our victim came forward, because he started receiving multiple letters demanding payment for accounts he did not open,” Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Deputy Celina Flores said.

Flores said someone stole the victim’s personal information and opened up cell phone lines and credit cards in his name.

Local attorney Efrain Molina said it’s seldom that authorities act quickly enough in these cases. “Most stores usually keep that surveillance video for, at most, two weeks. So the sheriff’s doing an investigation so quickly is extremely rare,” he said.

Molina said it’s also rare for an identity theft victim and suspect to live in the same area. “It becomes a bureaucratic nightmare, between the police agencies working together. So it takes a lot of effort and a lot of resources,” he said.

The sheriff’s office and Molina said people should file a report no matter where their stolen identity was used. “What that does is it protects them from the claims of the creditor saying you’ve got credit with us, you owe us money,” he said. “They can always refute that claim using the police report.”

It’s unclear how the suspects stole the information. Molina said for many of his clients, the information is stolen from inside vehicles.

“Something like that on the black market can be more valuable than, sometimes, the car itself,” Molina said.

The best way for someone to protect themselves is to keep personal information close and check their credit report multiple times a year.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers at (956) 668-8477. 

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Man wanted for identity theft, counterfeiting

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is asking for help identifying a man wanted for identity theft and counterfeiting. 

According to a press release from Crime Stoppers, on March 20, 2015 at 5:43 p.m. at the PNC bank located at 6912 South Madison Avenue, a white man used a fake Maryland driver’s license posing as William Weintraub. He passed a counterfeit check drawn off the PNC Bank account belonging to Paul Davis Restoration. 

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On March 21, 2015 at 9:52 a.m. the same allegedly man used a fake Ohio driver’s license posing as Noah Sadow. He again passed a counterfeit check drawn off the PNC Bank account belonging to Paul Davis Restoration, according to the release. 

The man’s true identity is unknown. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a $1,000 reward if the information leads to a felony arrest. 


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