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4 Cases Of Identity Theft Reported To Lower Makefield Police In …

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

LOWER MAKEFIELD, PA — Police in Lower Makefield Township are investigating numerous incidences of identity theft and fraud that have all been reported within the last week. In one of the most extreme cases, someone used a resident’s T-Mobile account to purchase $2,339.95 worth of phones and accessories.

On one single day — Wednesday, April 26 — police received four reports of identity theft and one report of credit card fraud.

Here’s a full list of the incidents reported to local police:

Identity Theft (All of these incidents were reported April 26)

  • A resident on the 200 block of Penn Valley Terrace reported an unknown person used their information to open two accounts in their name.
  • A resident on the 2600 block of Lynbrooke Drive reported reported an unknown person opened an account in their name.
  • A resident on the 500 block of Leslie Lane reported an unknown person hacked into their email and placed orders on Amazon using their information.
  • A resident on the Unit block of Milton Drive reported an unknown person opened an account in their name.

Credit Card Fraud

April 26: A resident along the 900 block of Harrow Road reported unauthorized use of a credit card in the amount of $256.79.

April 21: A resident along the 1500 block of Brookfield Rd. reported unauthorized use of credit card in the amount of $636.80.

Fraud

April 21: A resident along the 1500 block of Edgewood Rd. reported an unknown person used their T-Mobile account to purchase $2,339.95 worth of phones and accessories.

Article source: https://patch.com/pennsylvania/yardley/4-cases-identity-theft-reported-lower-makefield-police-one-day

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IRS employee indicted for identity theft

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

A grand jury in Georgia has indicted an Internal Revenue Service employee for stealing taxpayers’ identities and filing for tax refunds with their names.

Stephanie Parker of Atlanta worked at the IRS beginning in 2010, giving her access to taxpayers’ Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other personal information. Tuesday’s indictment alleges that between September 2012 and April 2013, she exploited her job at the IRS to steal the information, which she then used to file tax returns. She allegedly directed the refunds she obtained into various bank accounts and used some of the funds to buy money orders. Parker could not be reached for comment.

If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of wire fraud, up to two years in prison for each count of aggravated identity theft, along with monetary penalties.


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Article source: https://www.accountingtoday.com/news/irs-employee-indicted-for-identity-theft

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One key to identity theft is in your pocket or purse

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

PhotoOne of the keys to preventing identity theft is in your pocket or purse. It’s your car key. All the fancy online programs, firewalls, and apps are fine, but locking your car is the most basic protection against having your identity stolen.

Case in point: a Texas couple turned thefts from cars into a booming identity theft business, according to police in Mesquite, who say the two racked up at least 50 victims in a relatively short period of time. And they did it all with no special equipment, no training, and not much of anything else except their spare time.

“It was really more of a crime of opportunity,” Mesquite police Capt. David Gill told the Dallas Morning News.  “If a car was unlocked, they’d go in there and see what they could find.”

What they found were such things as Social Security cards, mail, auto registration forms and, a real bonanza, credit applications that were left in the glove compartment after a car was purchased. Pieces of mail, besides the car owner’s name and home address, often included credit card numbers, birthdates, and other information that can be used for financial skullduggery.

All in all, Mesquite police say Elizabeth Carpenter, 27, and her boyfriend Jonathon Warren, 39, admitted to 75 crimes over the winter months. 

No travel necessary

Carpenter and Warren didn’t have to travel much in their work. Nearly all of the thefts happened at their apartment complex and others near the intersection of two big freeways. The break in the case came when credit card purchases were traced to a nearby shopping center.

Besides the identity thefts — 156 separate pieces of personal data were recovered, detectives said — police say the couple stole at least eight cars, all of them with the keys left dangling conveniently in the ignition.

Of 75 separate identity theft victims, 50 had reported the thefts to police. The other 25? They either didn’t know they’d been robbed or didn’t think it was important.

Police in Mesquite and just about everywhere else say preventing such crimes is simple. They call it the “Lock-Take-Hide” method: Lock your car, take your valuables, and hide anything that has personal information.

It’s important to have all those other things — firewalls, anti-virus programs, and password generators — but it doesn’t do much good if you leave your identity shining brightly on your front seat.

Article source: https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/one-key-to-identity-theft-is-in-your-pocket-or-purse-042817.html

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Plea offer extended in Allison Burchett identity theft case | WBIR.com – WBIR

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

A plea offer has been extended to the Knoxville woman accused of stalking and staging cyber attacks against the estranged wife of Bandit Lites chief Michael Strickland, a letter indicates.

A source associated with the case also confirmed Friday that Allison Burchett, the former wife of Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, has been offered a deal by the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office.

There’s no guarantee Burchett, 35, would take the deal, and the terms could not be determined.

Authorities allege Burchett harassed in various ways Nicole Strickland, who is in divorce proceedings with Michael Strickland, Burchett’s boyfriend. Allegations in Knox County Criminal Court include that she broke into Nicole Strickland’s Facebook account in 2015 and posted sensitive, personal photos for others to see.

More: Trial date set for Burchett

She faces seven felonies including six identity theft charges, and one tampering with evidence charge, a Class C crime, that carries three to 15 years imprisonment. Six other charges – computer crimes – are misdemeanors.

On Friday, Nicole Strickland’s attorneys Donna Smith and Jo Ann Lehberger issued a brief statement addressed to the media: “We have received calls from the media asking for a statement regarding an alleged plea agreement in the case of State of Tennessee v. Allison Burchett. As of this time, Nicole Strickland has not agreed to any plea offer in the criminal case against Ms. Burchett.”

A source confirmed the offer.

Burchett has a hearing in Criminal Court on May 25, and a June 5 trial date has been set, records show.

Don R. Ash, a senior judge from Murfreesboro, has been assigned to the case.

In May 2015, the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force and the Knoxville Police Department raided Bandit Lites’ corporate headquarters on Sycamore Drive and Michael Strickland’s Captains Way home. Bandit Lites is recognized internationally for its work providing lighting to entertainment events including music concerts.

Allison Burchett and Tim Burchett divorced in 2012 amid rancor and mutual accusations.

In September 2015, Michael Strickland’s estranged wife sued him, his company and Allison Burchett in Knox County Circuit Court for conspiracy, identity theft, invasion of privacy and libel.

She is seeking $1 million.

© 2017 WBIR.COM

Article source: http://www.wbir.com/news/crime/plea-offer-extended-in-allison-burchett-identity-theft-case/435075652

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Plea offer extended in Allison Burchett identity theft case – WBIR

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

A plea offer has been extended to the Knoxville woman accused of stalking and staging cyber attacks against the estranged wife of Bandit Lites chief Michael Strickland, a letter indicates.

A source associated with the case also confirmed Friday that Allison Burchett, the former wife of Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, has been offered a deal by the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office.

There’s no guarantee Burchett, 35, would take the deal, and the terms could not be determined.

Authorities allege Burchett harassed in various ways Nicole Strickland, who is in divorce proceedings with Michael Strickland, Burchett’s boyfriend. Allegations in Knox County Criminal Court include that she broke into Nicole Strickland’s Facebook account in 2015 and posted sensitive, personal photos for others to see.

More: Trial date set for Burchett

She faces seven felonies including six identity theft charges, and one tampering with evidence charge, a Class C crime, that carries three to 15 years imprisonment. Six other charges – computer crimes – are misdemeanors.

On Friday, Nicole Strickland’s attorneys Donna Smith and Jo Ann Lehberger issued a brief statement addressed to the media: “We have received calls from the media asking for a statement regarding an alleged plea agreement in the case of State of Tennessee v. Allison Burchett. As of this time, Nicole Strickland has not agreed to any plea offer in the criminal case against Ms. Burchett.”

A source confirmed the offer.

Burchett has a hearing in Criminal Court on May 25, and a June 5 trial date has been set, records show.

Don R. Ash, a senior judge from Murfreesboro, has been assigned to the case.

In May 2015, the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force and the Knoxville Police Department raided Bandit Lites’ corporate headquarters on Sycamore Drive and Michael Strickland’s Captains Way home. Bandit Lites is recognized internationally for its work providing lighting to entertainment events including music concerts.

Allison Burchett and Tim Burchett divorced in 2012 amid rancor and mutual accusations.

In September 2015, Nicole Strickland’s estranged wife sued him, his company and Allison Burchett in Knox County Circuit Court for conspiracy, identity theft, invasion of privacy and libel.

She is seeking $1 million.

© 2017 WBIR.COM

Article source: http://www.wbir.com/news/crime/plea-offer-extended-in-allison-burchett-identity-theft-case/435075652

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Michiana Crime Stoppers to hold ‘Shredding Identity Theft’ event this weekend – WNDU

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

One way you can avoid putting your personal information in the hands of thieves is by making sure to shred sensitive documents and this weekend, you can do just that and help fight crime at the same time!

Michiana Crime Stoppers will hold its ‘Shredding Identity Theft’ fundraising event Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Martin’s Supermarket in Erskine Plaza in South Bend. Organizers call it a win-win for them and for the public.

“Our rewards that we pay out to our tipsters comes from the funds that we raise. Bring your unwanted documents, they’re shredded right on site by our friends at Integra and for a minimum dollar donation you can protect your identity and protect the community,” said Detective Kayla Miller.

If you have a lot of documents to shred, they ask that you consider making a bigger donation. They can also shred CD’s and DVD’s.

Article source: http://www.wndu.com/content/news/Michiana-Crime-Stoppers-to-hold-Shredding-Identity-Theft-event-this-weekend-420765063.html

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BBB Protecting Against Identity Theft

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

MCALLEN–The Better Business Bureau is trying to stop valley residents from becoming victims of identity theft.
     Saturday, the BBB is holding a free event for you to shred your paperwork. The president of the local BBB says it’s important to shred your documents before dumping them in the trash.
     “If it falls into the wrong hands, you’re opening yourself up to identity theft,” said Dolores Salinas. “You’re opening up yourself to people using your personal information to open up bank accounts, credit card accounts…anything having to do with your personal information. Once it falls into the hands of the wrong people, it can be devastating.”
     The event takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Lonestar National Bank at the corner of McColl and Nolana.
     You can shred five boxes (30 pounds) of office documents per vehicle for free. The BBB is also offering free electronics recycling and free hard drive destruction of old computers. Items accepted include: computers, laptops, monitors, lcd’s, cell phones, printers, scanners, modems, CD drives, cables, keyboards, mice, VCR’s, DVD players, camcorders, cameras, gamer players,
joysticks, telephones, pagers, answering machines, typewriters, calculators, adding machines, fax machines and copiers.
 

Article source: http://www.krgv.com/story/35282426/bbb-protecting-against-identity-theft

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IRS employee indicted for identity theft | Accounting Today

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

A grand jury in Georgia has indicted an Internal Revenue Service employee for stealing taxpayers’ identities and filing for tax refunds with their names.

Stephanie Parker of Atlanta worked at the IRS beginning in 2010, giving her access to taxpayers’ Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other personal information. Tuesday’s indictment alleges that between September 2012 and April 2013, she exploited her job at the IRS to steal the information, which she then used to file tax returns. She allegedly directed the refunds she obtained into various bank accounts and used some of the funds to buy money orders. Parker could not be reached for comment.

If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of wire fraud, up to two years in prison for each count of aggravated identity theft, along with monetary penalties.


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WANTED: Man accused of identity theft and cashing stolen checks …

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

One person is dead and another was taken to the hospital after a gravel truck overturned Friday morning, according to sources. Officials said LA 37 (Greenwell Springs Road) at Lee Price Road, which is south of Clinton, is closed due to the crash.

Article source: http://www.wafb.com/story/35266513/wanted-man-accused-of-identity-theft-and-cashing-stolen-checks

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4 Cases Of Identity Theft Reported To Lower Makefield Police In One Day

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

LOWER MAKEFIELD, PA — Police in Lower Makefield Township are investigating numerous incidences of identity theft and fraud that have all been reported within the last week. In one of the most extreme cases, someone used a resident’s T-Mobile account to purchase $2,339.95 worth of phones and accessories.

On one single day — Wednesday, April 26 — police received four reports of identity theft and one report of credit card fraud.

Here’s a full list of the incidents reported to local police:

Identity Theft (All of these incidents were reported April 26)

  • A resident on the 200 block of Penn Valley Terrace reported an unknown person used their information to open two accounts in their name.
  • A resident on the 2600 block of Lynbrooke Drive reported reported an unknown person opened an account in their name.
  • A resident on the 500 block of Leslie Lane reported an unknown person hacked into their email and placed orders on Amazon using their information.
  • A resident on the Unit block of Milton Drive reported an unknown person opened an account in their name.

Credit Card Fraud

April 26: A resident along the 900 block of Harrow Road reported unauthorized use of a credit card in the amount of $256.79.

April 21: A resident along the 1500 block of Brookfield Rd. reported unauthorized use of credit card in the amount of $636.80.

Fraud

April 21: A resident along the 1500 block of Edgewood Rd. reported an unknown person used their T-Mobile account to purchase $2,339.95 worth of phones and accessories.

Article source: https://patch.com/pennsylvania/yardley/4-cases-identity-theft-reported-lower-makefield-police-one-day

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