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Man charged with identity theft

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

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David A. King, 28



Posted: Monday, May 30, 2016 12:30 am

Man charged with identity theft

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KINDERHOOK — A man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly opening a bank account in someone else’s name.

David A. King, 28, of Albany, was arrested at 1:45 p.m. and charged with first-degree identity theft, a class D felony.

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Jason Allen Sorenson charged in Long Beach identity theft investigation

Monday, May 30th, 2016

After a months-long investigation by the Long Beach Police Department Financial Crimes Detail, Jason Allen Sorenson charged with identity theft crimes.

In December 2015, Detectives from the Long Beach Police Department Financial Crimes Detail began conducting a lengthy identity theft investigation. Through their investigation, Detectives learned that a suspect used the personal identifying information of multiple victims to open credit cards. They identified three fraudulent credit card accounts, with balances owed of over $100,000.00.

The suspect used the credit cards to buy expensive sports memorabilia and make lease payments for 3 Lexus vehicles. The suspect also used the fraudulently obtained credit cards to dine at high-end restaurants, and make large purchases at various clothing and electronic retail stores.

The suspect was identified as Jason Allen Sorenson, a 38-year-old resident of Covina, California.

On May 5, 2016, detectives served a search warrant at Sorenson’s residence in Covina, California. Detectives recovered multiple key items of evidence related to identity theft, impounded two Lexus vehicles, and recovered multiple items of sports memorabilia. Sorenson was subsequently arrested on multiple charges of identity theft, grand theft, as well as ex-felon in possession of ammunition, ex-felon in possession of a stun gun, and possession of narcotics. Sorenson posted bail the same day and was scheduled to appear in court on May 26, 2016.

Detectives presented their case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration and they filed 11 felony counts against Sorenson. He was charged with 6 counts of Identity Theft, 3 counts of Grand Theft, 1 count of Possession of Narcotics for Sales, and 1 count of Ex-Felon in Possession of Ammunition. His bail was set at $255,000.00 and he was arraigned in Long Beach court on May 26, 2016. After the arraignment he was not remanded into custody and remains out on bond.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to call Financial Crimes Detectives at 562-570-7330.

The article above was released by the Long Beach Police Department.

Article source: http://www.oc-breeze.com/2016/05/29/86526_jason-allen-sorenson-charged-long-beach-identity-theft-investigation/

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NY women arrested for identity theft at Danbury mall

Monday, May 30th, 2016

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A woman was arrested after buying nearly $2,000 of items at the Danbury Fair Mall using another person’s identity.

Kaniqua Ann Owens, 38, of Brooklyn, N.Y., tried to use a credit card and fake Ohio license to purchase jewelry at Zales during the afternoon on May 26. When she was denied, she went to ATT where she bought $950 of merchandise. Danbury Police then caught up with her at Children’s Place where she used a different fake license to buy $958 of items, said Danbury Police Lt. Mike Sturdevant.


Police discovered the person she was impersonating was one of the victims of the Anthem security breach that happened last year, Sturdevant said.

She was arrested at 5:20 p.m. on May 26.

She is charged with fifth-degree larceny, third-degree identity theft, criminal impersonation, third-degree forgery and interfering with an officer for lying during the questioning.

Article source: http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/N-Y-women-arrested-for-identity-theft-at-Danbury-7952258.php

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Darien Police Reports: DUI, Identity Theft, Warrant Arrest

Monday, May 30th, 2016

The following information is courtesy of the Darien Police Department.

Tomas Diaz II, 26 of the 3500 block of Caton Farm Road in Plainfield, was arrested May 16 and charged with driving under the influence, BAC over .08 and improper parking on the roadway at Route 83 and Plainfield Road. Diaz was processed and released with a court date of June 14 in Wheaton.

Santiago Mesa-Garcia, 45 of the 1200 block of Oak Street in West Chicago, was arrested May 16 and charged with no valid driver’s license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and speeding at Lakeridge Drive and Oldfield Road. Mesa-Garcia was processed and released with a court date pending at the Downers Grove Field Court.

A Darien resident purchased a foreclosed property with an abandoned motorcycle. The resident came in to the Darien Police Department on May 16 and asked for an officer to verify the VIN to apply for a title through the Secretary of State’s Office. Information came back that the motorcycle was stolen out of Cicero.

A Darien resident came in to the Darien Police Department on May 17 to report a discrepancy on their credit report. Someone tried to apply for a credit card online using the victim’s information. The Darien Police Department would like to remind residents to please run a credit report check at least once a year.

Keenan Lang, 26 of the 3400 block of Ravinia Circle in Aurora, was arrested May 18 and charged with driving with license suspended and speeding in the 8700 block of Lemont Road. Lang was processed and released with a court date of June 9 at the Downers Grove Field Court. DA16-14962

Alexsandro Bueno, 21 of the 1800 block of Fitzgerald Road in Woodridge, was arrested May 20 and charged with a local ordinance of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and failure to signal when required in the 7500 block of Gigi Lane. Bueno was processed and released with a court date pending at the Downers Grove Field Court.

Guillermo Salas, 24 of the 0-100 block of Baker Circle in Romeoville, was arrested May 20 and charged with driving with license suspended and for improper lane usage in the 1100 block of Plainfield Road. Salas was processed and released with a court date of July 7 at the Downers Grove Field Court.

Charles Overby, 23 of the 200 block of Roman Circle in Bolingbrook, was arrested May 21 and charged with criminal trespass to motor vehicle in the parking lot of Home Depot at 2101 75th Street. Overby was processed and released with a court date of June 28 in Wheaton.

Tommy Castaneda, 43 of the 7300 block of Winthrop Way in Downers Grove, was arrested May 22 and charged with speeding in the 7800 block of Lemont Road. While on the traffic stop, the arresting officer found Castaneda was wanted on a failure to appear warrant out of Will County. Castaneda was processed and released with a court date of June 16 at the Downers Grove Field Court. Castaneda was assigned a July 7 court date at the Will County Courthouse for the outstanding warrant.

Benbela Diab, 47 of the 7700 block of Wildwood Court in Darien, was arrested May 22 and charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and no valid driver’s license when he caused a crash to happen at Plainfield Road and High Road. Diab was processed and released with a court date of June 23 at the Downers Grove Field Court.

Duan Hill, 23 of the 1200 block of Washtenaw Avenue in Chicago, was arrested May 22 and charged with no valid driver’s license and driving with expired registration in the 1000 block of Ripple Ridge. Hill was processed and released with a court date of June 23 at the Downers Grove Field Court.




Article source: http://patch.com/illinois/darien-il/darien-police-reports-dui-identity-theft-warrant-arrest

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Bill Aims to Combat Identity Theft of Social Security Numbers

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

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In an effort to combat identity theft, Congressmen Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Jim Renacci (R-OH) have introduced legislation that would require the Social Security Administration to remove Social Security numbers from mailed documents when they are deemed unnecessary.

Known as the Social Security Must Avert Identity Loss MAIL Act (H.R. 5320), the bill would do the following:

  • Require the Social Security Administration to remove the Social Security Number from all unnecessary mailings as soon as practicable; and
  • Require the Social Security Administration to provide bi-annual reports to Congress on the progress of this removal.
    • These bi-annual reports will allow Congress to track the SSA’s progress by requiring the SSA to include which mailings continue to contain a full SSN, and provide either the date the SSN is scheduled to be removed from that mailing, or if the SSA determines that the SSN is necessary, a justification for the determination.

According to Johnson, the Social Security Administration sent about 233 million documents last year that contain full Social Security numbers on at least 579 different notices. Besides the obvious problem of having the numbers out in the open, Johnson notes that as many as 51% of the mailing addresses SSA uses are inaccurate, opening the door to sending somebody’s Social Security number to the wrong person.

According to Johnson:

“Despite telling Americans countless times about the need to protect their Social Security Numbers, Social Security fails to take its own advice. The SSA makes too many Americans vulnerable to identity loss by mailing documents that include a Social Security Number when it’s just not necessary. Americans rightly expect that Social Security isn’t putting their identities at risk when a letter is lost or stolen. Our bill is a commonsense solution to a problem that simply shouldn’t exist.”

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Jeff Davis Police arrest woman on identity theft and fraud

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Iberia Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested a local man and his mother Thursday in connection with the Wednesday overdose of a New Iberia teen. Noah Sharpe was booked with second-degree murder and his mother, Melissa Sharpe, was booked with obstruction of justice.  The two were arrested in connection with an investigation that began Wednesday, when deputies were called to Iberia Medical Center to investigate the death of a 17-year-old girl. The victim had been lifeless for hours,…

Article source: http://www.katc.com/story/32089613/jeff-davis-police-arrest-woman-on-identity-theft-and-fraud

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Confusion about privacy law complicates ID theft cases

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Medical identity theft has been compared to the wild west for hackers.

The crime is largely new and uncharted territory and happens when someone steals an individual’s personal information to obtain health care.

What’s worse, many victims complain the federal law intended to protect privacy known as HIPAA  has made it harder for victims to get their identities back.

Medical Identity theft is a lot like credit card theft with one major difference.

A victim can cancel a card and freeze their credit, but they can’t cancel their medical history.

Especially in cases of a medical emergency, experts warn a compromised medical identity could be deadly.

Important information like prescription medications, pre-existing conditions and allergies, all used by doctors to make determinations about an individual’s care, can be compromised by a medical identity thief leaving victims vulnerable.

“This could have killed me,” said California resident Ronnie Bogle. KING5 has been following his journey to regain his stolen identity for months.

It was stolen by his brother, Gary Bogle.

“I am severely fatally allergic to Penicillin and if they had given me that I wouldn’t be sitting here,” Ronnie said.

Ronnie’s brother, Gary, had obtained health care under Ronnie’s name at hospitals from coast to coast, in Florida, Colorado, and Washington.

“This is lung treatment, liver treatment. This is serious illnesses he has been treated for,” Ronnie said.

Ronnie only discovered the fraud after thousands of dollars in emergency care landed on his credit, leaving him with the worst possible credit rating.

He was unable to obtain a loan, even a basic credit card.

“If you get denied, you automatically get your report. It was just pages and pages of hospitals all across the country,” Ronnie said. “I was completely horrified.”

Making matters worse, in Ronnie’s case, was The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, commonly known as HIPAA.

The federal law was designed to protect an individual’s privacy. The law also claims to reduce fraud by requiring that health care providers keep a patient’s medical records confidential.

It backfired for Ronnie.

“The moment you say identity theft, they say, ‘Because of HIPAA, we can’t talk to you any more,'” Ronnie said. “I’m talking about hospital, after hospital, after hospital. ‘We have to protect the rights of the person that was actually treated. So, therefore Ronnie, if you are telling us this is not you, we can’t talk to you any longer.'”

Hospitals refused to give Ronnie information about services received under his name, arguing HIPAA  required them to protect the actual patient, in this case the thief.

The situation made it difficult for Ronnie, the victim, who the hospital was holding responsible for the bills, to determine what exactly had happened and why he was receiving bills from hospitals in states he had never lived.

Ronnie is not alone.

Last year, two separate cyber attacks on health insurers Anthem and Premera Blue Cross compromised more than 90 million Americans’ personal information, leaving them vulnerable.

A 2015 report by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance found that medical identity theft had increased about 21.7% from the year before.

“It is a bit of the wild west in the health care industry,” said Ann Patterson, SVP of MIFA. She works to reduce instances of medical fraud.

Patterson says hospitals and doctor’s offices are misinterpreting the law.

“Victims are entitled to their own medical records in full even if it is corrupted and has information about the thief, but there is confusion around that,” Patterson said.

Now Washington Senator Patty Murray is taking on that confusion, supporting a bill to increase education about HIPAA.

She and other senators also wrote the Department of Health and Human Services pressuring it to clarify the rights of identity theft victims under the law.

“I wanted to have a clear understanding from the Department of Health and Human Services that HIPAA rules would not preclude somebody from finding out what they needed to know and the facts in the case,” Sen. Murray said.

The government responded, “The individual has a right to everything in his or her own designated record set regardless of the source of the information.”

“They made it very clear that when your identity is stolen you do have a right to see your records and hospitals can provide that to you,” Murray said.

Ronnie’s brother Gary is serving 16 months in a county jail for identity theft in California. He was extradited to the state and convicted after being arrested in Olympia.

It’s a fraction of the sentence Ronnie has received at the hands of his brother.

He’s still monitoring the mail for yet to be discovered unpaid hospitals bills and fighting to clear his credit.

“You have no idea the nastiness I would get in that box,” Ronnie said.

Ronnie is still being denied his records by hospitals around the country.

So KING5 went to HHS for even further clarification about HIPAA.

In a statement, KING5 was told that if a hospital determines the entire record they have on file is fraudulent, rather than partially corrupted, the hospital doesn’t have to turn the record over.

At that point, a victim can request an amendment to get those records of out their name and that request should be granted, or the victim can file a federal complaint.

The provider should also stop holding the victim accountable for the bills.

That has not happened for Ronnie. So he is now pursuing civil lawsuits against the hospitals.

The best thing consumers can do to avoid a similar situation is routinely check their credit and read any statements received about health care in their name very carefully.

The sooner this crime is caught, the better.

Copyright 2016 KING

Article source: http://www.krem.com/news/confusion-about-privacy-law-complicates-id-theft-cases/217777468

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Man charged with identity theft to buy meth ingredients

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

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Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016 4:01 pm

Man charged with identity theft to buy meth ingredients

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The Independent Tribune

SALISBURY – A 28-year-old man is charged identity thief and using that identity to try to buy ingredients to make meth.

Kevin Shawn Hurley of Bee Lake Drive was arrested during a traffic stop at Providence Church Road and Poole road by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday.

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Wichita identity theft ring discovered

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

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Covina Man Charged with Identity Theft After Using Credit Cards to Buy Sports Memorabilia, Dine at High-End …

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

 

A 38-year-old Covina man was charged with multiple felony counts related to identity theft Thursday for allegedly stealing the personal information of others to open credit card accounts to buy expensive sports memorabilia and dine at high-end restaurants, among other things, Long Beach police said. The combined credit card balances totaled more than $100,000 owed.

Jason Allen Sorenson was charged with six counts of identity theft, three counts of grand theft and one count each of possession of narcotics for sales and ex-felon in possession of ammunition, according to a release from the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).

Detectives with the department’s Financial Crimes Detail began investigating Sorenson at length since December 2015, the release stated. They learned the suspect used the personal identifying information of multiple victims to open credit cards. Detectives identified three fraudulent credit card accounts with more than $100,000 in balances owed in total.

At least one of the victims was from Long Beach, said LBPD spokesman Brad Johnson.

“The suspect used the credit cards to buy expensive sports memorabilia and make lease payments for three Lexus vehicles,” the release stated. “The suspect also used the fraudulently obtained credit cards to dine at high-end restaurants, and make large purchases at various clothing and electronic retail stores.”

Investigators served a search warrant at the suspect’s Covina residence on May 5, 2016 during which they “recovered multiple key items of evidence related to identity theft.”

Two Lexus vehicles were impounded and multiple sports memorabilia was recovered during the search. The suspect was subsequently arrested on multiple charges of identity theft, grand theft, as well as ex-felon in possession of ammunition, ex-felon in possession of a stun gun and possession of narcotics, according to the release. He posted bail the same day.

Detectives presented their case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office which then filed the 11 felony counts against the suspect. His bail was set at $255,000. He appeared at his arraignment Thursday at Long Beach Superior Courthouse and remains out on bond.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to call Financial Crimes Detectives at 562.570.7330.

This story was updated on May 27 at 2:18PM with information stating that at least one victim was a Long Beach resident.

Article source: https://lbpost.com/news/crime/2000008891-covina-man-charged-with-identity-theft-after-using-credit-cards-to-buy-sports-memorabilia-dine-at-high-end-restaurants

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