Archive for August, 2017

Sex act outside Walmart leads to ID theft bust, cops say …

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Police called to investigate two people in a Jeep Wrangler engaged in a sex act outside Walmart in Lower Nazareth Township found them in possession of a trove of forged credit cards, court records say.

Ceon Gordon, 22, and Ashley Thompson, 21, both of Brooklyn, N.Y., were arrested on more than a dozen felony charges each and sent to Northampton County Prison.

Colonial Regional police were called about 4:30 p.m.. Thursday to the store at 3722 Easton-Nazareth Highway (Route 248).

Officers smelled marijuana coming from the Jeep and learned Thompson was wanted in Arizona, records say.

Thompson was taken into custody while a police K9 searched the vehicle and alerted to a controlled substance, according to Detective Gary Hammer. Gordon admitted he had a small amount of marijuana in his pocket, and police retrieved it while continuing to their search, records say.

In the center console of the Jeep was a pink wallet containing seven fraudulent credit cards, in addition to a New Jersey driver’s license with Thompson’s photo but a name of Nicole Fraser, police said.

Under the driver’ seat, police found a device used to produce counterfeit credit cards, described as a wireless/Bluetooth-enabled card writer and encoder, police said.

Police do not believe the incident with Gordon and Thompson was related to another identity theft arrest Thursday afternoon a few miles south on Route 248, Hammer sad. In that other incident, a homeless man tried to withdraw $5,000 from a Palmer Township bank while presenting a fake Pennsylvania driver’s license, police said.

‘Obviously fraudulent’ ID nabs forger, cops say

Gordon and Thompson were each arraigned before District Judge James Narlesky on seven felony counts each of identity theft and conspiracy to commit identity theft, in addition to misdemeanor charges of access device fraud (seven counts) and possession of an instrument of crime (nine counts). Gordon is also charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana.

They were sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail each and face preliminary hearings tentatively scheduled Aug. 31 before District Judge John Capobianco.

Kurt Bresswein may be reached at kbresswein@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @KurtBresswein. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

Article source: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/nazareth/index.ssf/2017/08/sex_act_outside_walmart_leads.html

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Thibodaux couple face multiple counts of identity theft – News – Daily …

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

A Thibodaux man already jailed on identity theft charges was booked Wednesday on 43 additional counts of the crime.

Brent Poiencot, 41, 1106 Renee Drive, now faces a total of 56 counts of identity theft, four counts of forgery and one count of violating parole. He was being held without bond Friday in the Lafourche Parish jail.

Poiencot’s live-in girlfriend, Chelsea Guidry, 26, is also charged with 43 counts of identity theft. She was booked into the parish jail Thursday and remained there Friday on a $215,000 bond.

The investigation into Poiencot began in October when multiple cases were reported of someone trying to open credit card accounts using other people’s personal information, Sheriff Craig Webre said in a news release. Detectives later found additional cases in which Poiencot opened bank accounts in other people’s names and deposited checks he had stolen and altered, Webre said.

Article source: http://www.dailycomet.com/news/20170818/thibodaux-couple-face-multiple-counts-of-identity-theft

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Mobile Police Need Help Identifying ID Theft Suspect

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The Mobile Police Department is asking for the public’s help to catch an identity theft suspect.

Police on Friday released the following surveillance images:

MPD said the woman in the photos stole the credit card on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

The woman could face charges of theft of property and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Anyone with information can call Mobile Police at (251) 208-7211 or (251) 208-1234.

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Article source: http://wkrg.com/2017/08/18/mobile-police-need-help-identifying-id-theft-suspect/

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Avoiding identity theft explored at Lifetree

Saturday, August 19th, 2017
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Practical ways to protect yourself from identity theft will be revealed at Lifetree Cafe at noon and 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

The program–titled “They Hijacked My Life! How Vulnerable Are You to Identity Theft?”— features a filmed interview with identity-theft expert John Sileo.

“If you have a Social Security number, a credit card, a bank account, or you own a home, you’re vulnerable,” says Sileo. “Anyone who has one of these is ripe for identity theft.”

Sileo is the author of Stolen Lives: Identity Theft Prevention Made Simpleand regularly appears on NBC, ABC, and Fox to provide tips and techniques for protecting confidential personal information from theft online, through the mail, and elsewhere in life.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Cafe is located at Cana, 18 S. Third St.

Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Rev. Barbara Huisman at 302-8036.

Article source: https://www.messengernews.net/news/religion-briefs/2017/08/avoiding-identity-theft-explored-at-lifetree/

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Thibodaux couple face multiple counts of identity theft

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

A Thibodaux man already jailed on identity theft charges was booked Wednesday on 43 additional counts of the crime.

Brent Poiencot, 41, 1106 Renee Drive, now faces a total of 56 counts of identity theft, four counts of forgery and one count of violating parole. He was being held without bond Friday in the Lafourche Parish jail.

Poiencot’s live-in girlfriend, Chelsea Guidry, 26, is also charged with 43 counts of identity theft. She was booked into the parish jail Thursday and remained there Friday on a $215,000 bond.

The investigation into Poiencot began in October when multiple cases were reported of someone trying to open credit card accounts using other people’s personal information, Sheriff Craig Webre said in a news release. Detectives later found additional cases in which Poiencot opened bank accounts in other people’s names and deposited checks he had stolen and altered, Webre said.

Article source: http://www.houmatoday.com/news/20170818/thibodaux-couple-face-multiple-counts-of-identity-theft

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Pueblo Police ask for tips in identity theft case – KOAA.com …

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Solar eclipse glasses are going quick! Not only are most retail stores like Walmart and Target sold out, you also have to be careful of fake solar glasses available online! If you didn’t get a pair or want a fun activity to do with your kids, why not make a pinhole viewer! A

Article source: http://www.koaa.com/story/36162542/pueblo-police-ask-for-tips-in-identity-theft-case

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Sex act outside Walmart leads to ID theft bust, cops say

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Police called to investigate two people in a Jeep Wrangler engaged in a sex act outside Walmart in Lower Nazareth Township found them in possession of a trove of forged credit cards, court records say.

Ceon Gordon, 22, and Ashley Thompson, 21, both of Brooklyn, N.Y., were arrested on more than a dozen felony charges each and sent to Northampton County Prison.

Colonial Regional police were called about 4:30 p.m.. Thursday to the store at 3722 Easton-Nazareth Highway (Route 248).

Officers smelled marijuana coming from the Jeep and learned Thompson was wanted in Arizona, records say.

Thompson was taken into custody while a police K9 searched the vehicle and alerted to a controlled substance, according to Detective Gary Hammer. Gordon admitted he had a small amount of marijuana in his pocket, and police retrieved it while continuing to their search, records say.

In the center console of the Jeep was a pink wallet containing seven fraudulent credit cards, in addition to a New Jersey driver’s license with Thompson’s photo but a name of Nicole Fraser, police said.

Under the driver’ seat, police found a device used to produce counterfeit credit cards, described as a wireless/Bluetooth-enabled card writer and encoder, police said.

Police do not believe the incident with Gordon and Thompson was related to another identity theft arrest Thursday afternoon a few miles south on Route 248, Hammer sad. In that other incident, a homeless man tried to withdraw $5,000 from a Palmer Township bank while presenting a fake Pennsylvania driver’s license, police said.

‘Obviously fraudulent’ ID nabs forger, cops say

Gordon and Thompson were each arraigned before District Judge James Narlesky on seven felony counts each of identity theft and conspiracy to commit identity theft, in addition to misdemeanor charges of access device fraud (seven counts) and possession of an instrument of crime (nine counts). Gordon is also charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana.

They were sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail each and face preliminary hearings tentatively scheduled Aug. 31 before District Judge John Capobianco.

Kurt Bresswein may be reached at kbresswein@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @KurtBresswein. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

Article source: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/nazareth/index.ssf/2017/08/sex_act_outside_walmart_leads.html

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Four arrested for ID theft

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

LAURINBURG – Laurinburg Police have arrested four people on charges related to forgery and identity theft stemming from a fraud report filed in July.

Rhaeem Harrington, 19, of South Turnpike Road, was arrested for trafficking stolen identities, felony conspiracy, four counts of felony financial card theft, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor possession of stolen goods, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Diondra McQueen, 29, of Kinston Street, was arrested for two counts of forging an instrument, two counts of forgery of an endorsement, and felony conspiracy.

Shanice Thomas, 26, of Benton Drive, in Maxton was arrested for felony conspiracy, felony uttering a forged instrument, and felony obtaining property by false pretenses.

Aria Pasley, 21, of Benton Drive in Maxton was arrested for felony conspiracy, felony uttering a forged instrument, and felony obtaining property by false pretenses.

The four were arrested following a report by an 81-year-old Covington Street resident that someone had fraudulently accessed her checking account, according to Lt. Chris Young chief detective of the Laurinburg Police Department.

The woman had been notified by her bank that suspicious purchases were made using her account.

“The investigation revealed that the individuals obtained [the resident’s] checkbook, ID cards and credit card, and were making purchases at businesses and online and cashing checks,” Young said.

The three women were given written promises to appear.

Harrington was given a $10,000 secured bond.

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Article source: http://www.laurinburgexchange.com/news/11702/four-arrested-for-id-theft

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Former Bank Vice President Guilty Of Identity Theft And Fraud …

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Eastern District of VirginiaA former banking executive pleaded guilty today to a fraud and identity theft scheme that caused over $3 million in losses.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Kirk Russel Marsh, 39, of Oakton, was a former vice president at Virginia Commerce Bank and later at Fulton Bank. Virginia Commerce Bank and Fulton Bank’s parent company, Fulton Financial Corporation, received $71 million and $376.5 million, respectively, in Troubled Asset Relief Program funds from the United States Treasury. At VCB, Marsh forged the signatures of senior bank officers to cause the fraudulent issuance of over $1.25 million in loans to small businesses. At Fulton Bank, Marsh used the name and personal identifying information of a former client to fraudulently apply for and obtain a $1 million line of credit, which he used to purchase another client’s software company, Wave Software, and make the down payment on his house. Marsh also made unauthorized draws on a $485,000 line of credit of another client, which he used to pay Wave Software operating expenses. After being fired by Fulton Bank, and while purportedly cooperating with the United States, Marsh pretended to buy a company that sold beauty products, Revive You Media. He then requested real financial information as part of purported due diligence. Marsh used that financial information to hold himself out as the owner of Revive You Media and seek financing. As part of those attempts to secure financing, Marsh also used the identities of other former clients and family members. The attempted loss is over $10 million.

Marsh pleaded guilty to wire fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft. He faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison when sentenced on November 17. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Christy Goldsmith Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, and Andrew W. Vale, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Wong is prosecuting the case.

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Article source: https://www.alexandrianews.org/2017/08/former-bank-vice-president-guilty-of-identity-theft-and-fraud/

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IRS used extra funding for cybersecurity and identity theft protection …

Friday, August 18th, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service spent the extra $290 million appropriated by Congress last year to improve taxpayer service and cybersecurity and safeguard against identity theft, according to a new report.

The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, analyzed how the IRS used $106.4 million of the extra funding for cybersecurity and identity theft prevention. TIGTA found the IRS adequately tracked and monitored and appropriately spent the additional funding. The IRS allocated around $91.8 million of the $290 million to safeguard taxpayer data through cybersecurity enhancements. Of the $91.8 million, approximately $71.7 million was obligated in fiscal year 2016, and the remaining $20.1 million dedicated for use in fiscal year 2017.

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The extra cybersecurity funding supported network security improvements, more effective monitoring of data traffic, replacement of outdated equipment, and protection of taxpayer data from unauthorized access by identity thieves.

TIGTA looked at the supporting contracts and invoices for 48 requisitions within nine cybersecurity funding categories and found the dates, work descriptions and dollar amounts were adequately supported and correctly assigned to the appropriated funding account.

In addition, the IRS allocated about $14.6 million to identity theft operations support to help protect taxpayers against identity theft and tax refund fraud by collaborating with some of the leading tax preparation firms, software developers, payroll and tax financial product processors, and state tax administrators, much of it through its Security Summit initiative. All those funds were obligated and spent in fiscal year 2016. The funding also went to support a web-based authentication application, enabling taxpayers to provide proof of identity and increase the efficiency of case resolution of the IRS’s Taxpayer Protection Program.

TIGTA also found that 20 requisitions related to actions from the Security Summit and the relaunch of its Get Transcript online application, which had been breached by hackers and needed to be temporarily shut down, were adequately supported. The requisitions included transaction dates, descriptions of the work, and dollar amounts, correctly identifying the appropriated funding account.

TIGTA didn’t make any recommendations in the report, but IRS officials reviewed a draft version of it and agreed with the facts it presented.


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