Archive for April, 2017

Mount Vernon woman charged with 13 counts of identity theft

Friday, April 28th, 2017

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Article source: http://www.goskagit.com/news/mount-vernon-woman-charged-with-counts-of-identity-theft/article_651b3cd5-0ad5-53e4-b7c9-c31b2b97764d.html

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Owner of immigration services business headed to prison for identity theft

Friday, April 28th, 2017

The owner of an immigration services business in Gold River has been sentenced to two years in prison for an identity theft scheme that involved filing a fraudulent tax return.

Ilie Zdragat, 30, of Sacramento was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Troy Nunley, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

Zdragat was the founder and director of Immigration Visa Services Organization, or IVSO, which helped clients with asylum and citizenship applications, deportation proceedings and other immigration-related matters, according to court documents. Between April 4 and Sept. 28, 2012, Zdragat submitted a fraudulent income tax return through Turbo Tax to the IRS.

According to the plea agreement, Zdragat and another individual, on Sept. 28, 2012, electronically filed a false 2011 income tax return for an individual and two dependents using the names and personal information of three of IVSO’s former clients. The victims had not given Zdragat permission to file a tax return on their behalf. The tax return sought a $6,200 refund.

Zdragat used a physical address in San Francisco that was not connected to him in an effort to disguise his involvement in the scheme, the news release said. The IRS did not process the fraudulent tax return.

Zdragat was ordered to begin serving his sentence on May 30.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service Investigation Division.

Article source: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article147238924.html

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For Mesquite thieves, unlocked cars became the keys to identity theft

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Lock, take, hide

Mesquite police say prevention is as simple as Lock-Take-Hide, the widespread law enforcement program that reminds people to remove their keys, lock their cars and keep valuables out of sight.

“The No. 1 most often reported crime in the city of Mesquite is burglary of a motor vehicle,” Police Chief Charlie Cato said. “That impacts people. Regardless if you left your car unlocked or they broke your window, your impact is you lose something that’s yours. It shakes people’s senses.”

In a recent four-week period, about 40 percent of burglarized vehicles in the city had been left unlocked, he said.

Landmark at Laurel Heights residents said a letter from management with safety tips, including a reminder to lock their vehicles, was attached to their doors a couple of months ago. They’ve also seen added measures such as private security patrols.

“When we are informed of criminal activity on our properties that affect the safety of our residents, we typically communicate via letter to the residents’ doors,” said Eve Horn of Milestone Management, which oversees the apartments. 

On-site managers of the two other complexes where vehicles were burglarized — Pinehurst Place Apartments and Country Club Apartments — referred questions to their shared management company, Apartment Service Company in Arlington, which did not return calls for comment.

Registration and proof of insurance forms, items that police traditionally ask for in a traffic stop, have a numbering system that can’t be used in ID theft. But in Mesquite, even those don’t have to be left in a vehicle, Gill said.

“Nowadays, you don’t have to have an insurance card in the vehicle. Mine’s on my phone,” Gill said. “Your registration will show on our computers.”

Article source: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/mesquite/2017/04/27/mesquite-thieves-unlocked-cars-became-keys-identity-theft

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WANTED: Man accused of identity theft and cashing stolen checks

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Police are hoping someone out there recognizes a man accused of stealing someone’s identity to get credit cards and other items. Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers reported Robby Ducote, 39, is wanted by the Baton Rouge Police Department.

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

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Identity theft, and 9 other sentences from Muskegon court

Friday, April 28th, 2017

The following people were sentenced April 13-19 by Judge Timothy G. Hicks of Muskegon County’s 14th Circuit Court:

Corey Frank Miller, 33, of Muskegon, to six months in jail for a probation violation, failing to pay child support, probation extended 4.5 years, the balance of jail time suspended, $9,015 restitution and $235 court costs/fees.

Carmen Rae Keyes, 45, of Muskegon, to 100 days in jail, revoked probation, for a probation violation, non-narcotic controlled substance possession, $1,389 court costs/fees. 

Fidencio Cisneros III, 35, of no fixed address, to 8 months in jail for probation violation, assault/resist/obstruction of a police officer, habitual offender second, $1,317 court costs/fees.

Amanda Chantelle Egan, 26, of Muskegon, to 57 days in jail, 90 days on a SCRAM continuous alcohol monitoring unit, for a probation violation, assault/resisting/obstructing an officer, operating under the influence of liquor, $2,109 court costs/fees.

Kaleena Ray Stepka, 26, of Muskegon Heights, to 90 days in jail, 18 months probation for identity theft, $1,158 court costs/fees.

Corey Andre Chandler, 25, of Muskegon, to six months in jail consecutive to parole for possessing a non-narcotic controlled substance, habitual offender fourth, $648 court costs/fees.

Charles Burvon Holmes, Sr. to 75 days in jail for attempted assault with a weapon, probation violation, $716 court costs/fees.

Jody Tremaine Nichols, 29, of Grand Rapids, to 270 days in jail for assault with second-degree intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, probation extended for 12 months, $648 court costs/fees.

Qumari Malik Collier, 26, of Kentwood, to 12 months in jail for first-degree retail fraud, $4,059 restitution, $1,058 court costs/fees.

The following person was sentenced April 20 by Judge Annette R. Smedley of Muskegon County’s 14th Circuit Court:

Christopher David Joslin, 29, of Muskegon, to 18 months to 15 years in prison for assault/resist/obstruction of a police officer, $410 restitution and $1,098 court costs/fees.  

Article source: http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2017/04/identity_theft_and_9_other_sen.html

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CVS pharmacy tech charged with 20 counts of identity theft

Friday, April 28th, 2017

A 22-year-old pharmacy technician faces numerous counts of identity theft after he was accused of stealing credit card information from customers at a Nashua CVS.

Police say Bounhange Tang, 22, took photos of credit cards from 20 different customers at the pharmacy on Daniel Webster Highway and then looked up the customers’ addresses in the CVS computer system. He then used the information to order items online and resell them, according to police.

“It’s appalling,” CVS customer Pamela Blotcky said. “That’s all I can say. Wow.”

Campus police at Tang’s school, UMass Lowell, uncovered what is being called an “ongoing fraudulent scheme” that took place from June to December 2016.

“UMass Lowell police worked collaboratively with Nashua police on this matter. While we cannot comment on individual cases, any student accused of a crime is also subject to discipline under the UMass Lowell student code of conduct,” a statement from the university said.

Tang now faces 20 counts of identity theft, which each count carrying a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. His bail was set at $50,000 during his arraignment.

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Article source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/04/27/cvs-pharmacy-tech-charged-with-20-counts-identity-theft.html

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woman sentenced in identity theft case – Story – KFDI

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. – A Wichita woman has been sentenced to 34 months in federal prison in an identity theft case.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Wichita says 36-year-old Lateasha Linthicum was sentenced Wednesday after earlier pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to receive stolen mail and to commit theft.  She was accused of using stolen mail to create counterfeit checks and credit cards.

When Wichita Police executed a search warrant on her room in the Inn at Tallgrass, they found a large storage trunk containing documents, credit cards, mail, and checks in the names of other people.  The theft caused a loss of more than $300,000 to her victims.

 

Article source: http://www.kfdi.com/news/woman-sentenced-in-identity-theft-case

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Group holds shredding event to prevent identity theft

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

The young and the old were encouraged to come to the Christian Cultural Center on Wednesday to help prevent identity theft.

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BROOKLYN – The young and the old were encouraged to come to the Christian Cultural Center on Wednesday to help prevent identity theft.

AARP New York helped attendants shred sensitive documents that include Social Security Numbers and birth dates.  

The organization says many people are concerned about identity theft, particularly seniors who are most vulnerable to scams.

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Security experts recommend shredding anything that has personal information – including account numbers, passwords or PINS, canceled or unused checks and ATM or credit card receipts. 

Article source: http://bronx.news12.com/news/group-holds-shredding-event-to-prevent-identity-theft-1.13527857

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Fighting Identity Theft In Iowa | Series | Iowa Center for Public Affairs …

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

The IowaWatch Connection, a weekly, statewide news and public affairs radio program airs on participating stations across Iowa. The program is sponsored by AARP Iowa:

Looking Back At The Iowa Caucus

It’s been a month since Iowans caucused. How do Iowa’s results look now that more than a quarter of the country has indicated its presidential preference?

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To find a station near you, visit the IowaWatch Connection page.

Article source: http://iowawatch.org/series/fighting-identity-theft-in-iowa/

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Fighting Identity Theft In Iowa

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

The IowaWatch Connection, a weekly, statewide news and public affairs radio program airs on participating stations across Iowa. The program is sponsored by AARP Iowa:

Looking Back At The Iowa Caucus

It’s been a month since Iowans caucused. How do Iowa’s results look now that more than a quarter of the country has indicated its presidential preference?

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To find a station near you, visit the IowaWatch Connection page.

Article source: http://iowawatch.org/series/fighting-identity-theft-in-iowa/

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