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Identity Theft Takes Dark Turn In Central PA – Story – PAHomepage

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

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Milpitas: Woman found with USPS master key arrested on identity …

Saturday, December 31st, 2016
Leah Kaye Costa, 45, of Sunol, was arrested on Dec. 23 on charges including identity theft after being found in possession of a U.S. Postal Service master key and stolen mail, according to police. (Courtesy of Milpitas Police Department)
Leah Kaye Costa, 45, of Sunol, was arrested on Dec. 23 on charges including identity theft after being found in possession of a U.S. Postal Service master key and stolen mail, according to police. (Courtesy of Milpitas Police Department) 

MILPITAS — A 45-year-old Sunol woman was arrested last week on suspicion of identity theft after she was found with a U.S. Postal Service master key and stolen mail, according to police.

Leah Kaye Costa was taken into custody for a warrant on Dec. 23 outside a 7-Eleven at 15 S. Abbot Ave., where officers found her gray 2004 BMW illegally parked in a handicap stall.

Police said Costa appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance at the time.

A search turned up methamphetamine, a U.S. Postal Service master key, homemade postal keys, and mail and checks belonging to victims throughout the Bay Area, according to police.

In addition to the warrant, Costa was booked at the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose on suspicion of possession of narcotics, being under the influence of a controlled substance and identity theft.

Article source: http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/12/30/milpitas-woman-found-with-usps-master-key-arrested-on-identity-theft-charge/

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Former Caregiver Charged With Identity Theft

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A former Davidson County caregiver was charged with identity theft after allegedly using a client’s debit card to make unauthorized purchases.

Special Agents with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation found that 28-year-old Cassandra Chrisman  made purchases from September through November of 2015.

Chrisman worked as a caregiver for a home care service provider.

Officials said she accessed the client’s debit card and made unauthorized personal purchases totaling more than $3,000. She is no longer employed as a caregiver.

On August 25, the Davidson County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Chrisman with one count of Identity Theft.

She was arrested Friday, Dec. 30 and booked into the Davidson County Jail. Her bond was set at $25,000.

Article source: http://www.newschannel5.com/news/former-caregiver-charged-with-identity-theft

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Woman facing identity theft charges in Kane County

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

A woman with local ties, but currently in an Arizona prison, has been indicted in Kane County on identity theft charges, court records show.

Heather Legner, 38, is accused of using an Aurora woman’s birth date and Social Security number in 2014 to, among other things, open credit card accounts and to obtain a Nissan SUV. Legner faces three counts of identity theft and a single count of registration forgery. The indictment issued in November comes nine months after a Kane County judge issued an arrest warrant for Legner.

Arizona Department of Corrections records show a Kane County warrant hold on Legner, who is serving an 18-month prison sentence on drug paraphernalia charges and unlawful use of a means of transportation under a different last name.

Legner has served time in Illinois prisons on at least three occasions since 2005 for theft and fraud convictions. In the Aurora case, prosecutors allege Legner used the friend’s information to finance a commercial lawn mower in addition to running up thousands of dollars on credit cards.

Former caregiver charged with identity theft

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A former caregiver for a home care service provider has been arrested and charged with identity theft.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents began investigating Cassandra Chrisman in November 2015.

During the investigation, agents learned that from September through November, 2015, Chrisman accessed a client’s debit card and made unauthorized personal purchases totaling more than $3,000.

The TBI says Chrisman is no longer employed as a caregiver.

On August 25, the Davidson County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Chrisman, 28, with one count of identity theft.

She was arrested Friday and booked into the Davidson County jail. Her bond was set at $25,000.

Article source: http://wkrn.com/2016/12/30/former-caregiver-charged-with-identity-theft/

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Yorkville man charged with identity theft | WFLD – Chicago News

Friday, December 30th, 2016

SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE – A Yorkville man has been charged with identity theft for signing up for home utility services under someone else’s name.

Gerald Skowronski, 64, of the 5000 block of Waters Edge Court in Yorkville, was charged with a Class 3 felony count of identity theft, according to a statement from the Kendall County sheriff’s office.

Authorities were contacted on April 7 by a woman who told them her personal information had been used to set up residential utility services, the sheriff’s office said. The bills were never paid, leaving the victim with a “large balance.”

Investigators eventually identified Skowronski as the suspect and arrested him Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s office. He was taken to the Kendall County Jail but was released after posting 10 percent of his $20,000 bond.

Article source: http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/crime/226134121-story

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Lawsuit accuses Roti restaurant chain of putting diners at risk for ID theft

Friday, December 30th, 2016

Two consumers have filed a class-action lawsuit against Roti Modern Mediterranean, claiming the chain prints too many digits of customer credit card numbers on sales receipts, a practice they say puts diners at risk for identity theft and credit card fraud.

The complaint, filed Dec. 16 in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges that Roti is violating a federal law prohibiting companies from printing more than the last five digits of a debit or credit card on a sales receipt. Roti allegedly printed the first six and last four digits.

“Somebody would only have to figure out those other six digits to have a full card,” said Paul Markoff, partner at Markoff Leinberger, the firm representing the plaintiffs in the case.

Roti is a fast-casual restaurant that serves Mediterranean food. It operates 12 locations in Illinois, with one more set to open soon, according to its website.

Milpitas: Woman found with USPS master key arrested on identity theft charge

Friday, December 30th, 2016
Leah Kaye Costa, 45, of Sunol, was arrested on Dec. 23 on charges including identity theft after being found in possession of a U.S. Postal Service master key and stolen mail, according to police. (Courtesy of Milpitas Police Department)
Leah Kaye Costa, 45, of Sunol, was arrested on Dec. 23 on charges including identity theft after being found in possession of a U.S. Postal Service master key and stolen mail, according to police. (Courtesy of Milpitas Police Department) 

MILPITAS — A 45-year-old Sunol woman was arrested last week on suspicion of identity theft after she was found with a U.S. Postal Service master key and stolen mail, according to police.

Leah Kaye Costa was taken into custody for a warrant on Dec. 23 outside a 7-Eleven at 15 S. Abbot Ave., where officers found her gray 2004 BMW illegally parked in a handicap stall.

Police said Costa appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance at the time.

A search turned up methamphetamine, a U.S. Postal Service master key, homemade postal keys, and mail and checks belonging to victims throughout the Bay Area, according to police.

In addition to the warrant, Costa was booked at the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose on suspicion of possession of narcotics, being under the influence of a controlled substance and identity theft.

Article source: http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/12/30/milpitas-woman-found-with-usps-master-key-arrested-on-identity-theft-charge/

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Yorkville man charged with identity theft

Friday, December 30th, 2016

SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE – A Yorkville man has been charged with identity theft for signing up for home utility services under someone else’s name.

Gerald Skowronski, 64, of the 5000 block of Waters Edge Court in Yorkville, was charged with a Class 3 felony count of identity theft, according to a statement from the Kendall County sheriff’s office.

Authorities were contacted on April 7 by a woman who told them her personal information had been used to set up residential utility services, the sheriff’s office said. The bills were never paid, leaving the victim with a “large balance.”

Investigators eventually identified Skowronski as the suspect and arrested him Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s office. He was taken to the Kendall County Jail but was released after posting 10 percent of his $20,000 bond.

Article source: http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/crime/226134121-story

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Suspect Identified In Identity Theft Case

Friday, December 30th, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO—Authorities have arrested a woman on charges of identity theft and forgery, after an ABC 7,  7 On Your Side report shed light on a San Francisco teacher who allegedly had her bank account hacked by the suspect.

Mimi Murphy of San Francisco claimed she watched from her smartphone’s banking application as the suspect stole money from both her checking and savings account.

According to reports, the victim realized she had been robbed after checking the banking app on her phone after her debit card was declined. She noticed that $3,500 had been stolen from the account she set up for her daughter. She contacted her bank provider.

Murphy was put on hold, and during that time she reported that she used her application to watch the suspect gradually withdraw money from her savings account. She described a feeling of “sheer helplessness” as she watched her balance dissipate.

When the bank answered her call, Murphy requested that they “freeze” her accounts immediately, she said.

The bank was able to refund the stolen money from Murphy’s saving account, and after further investigation her checking account was refunded as well.

ABC7 News 7 On Your Side contacted Murphy to inform her that the suspect used a fake ID in order to obtain a copy of her debit card and change the PIN number.

After receiving a tip, the Vacaville Police Department located the suspect’s apartment, where they found 27 fake IDs, each of which was criminally manufactured–including the forged driver’s license with Murphy’s name and address, authorities said.

The suspect has been identified as Kristina Wilson. She was arrested and pleaded not guilty to charges of identity theft and forgery. She was released on a $35,000 bail and failed to appear in court. Authorities have issued a bench warrant for her arrest.

Article source: http://www.thesfnews.com/break-identity-theft-case-sf-resident-mimi-murphy/32495

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