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Jacksonville man convicted of aggravated identity theft, spending the

Monday, October 23rd, 2017


It’s a bizarre case that all began back in 2014. 

A Jacksonville man has been convicted by a federal jury of nine counts of aggravated identity theft, nine counts of bank fraud, seven counts of false representation of a Social Security number, and three counts of mail fraud. 

That’s after investigators found Anthony Johnson, 52, stole the identity of at least 5 different victims, including a member of the US Army and a lawyer. 

Under these false IDs, Johnson opened up bank accounts, multiple credit cards, obtained loans, and genuine Florida driver’s licenses. 

Investigators say Johnson’s loans far exceeded $100,000, which he spent on luxury items, including a $70,000 Mercedes Benz. 

Using the proceeds from his criminal activities, Johnson also traveled to Dubai in 2016. While there, he spent more than $4,000 at a club/restaurant, stayed at a high-end hotel, and purchased more expensive personal items. 

Upon his return, Johnson was arrested at the Orlando International Airport. 

He now faces up to 30 years in prison for each bank fraud offense, up to 20 years for each mail fraud offense, up to 5 years for each charge of falsely representing a Social Security number, up to 3 consecutive years for violation of supervised release, and a mandatory minimum penalty of 2 years for each aggravated identity theft count. 

A sentencing hearing has not been set at this time.

Article source: http://www.wokv.com/news/local/jacksonville-man-convicted-aggravated-identity-theft-spending-the-money-luxury-items/mI6mHZzetKrJbvyZnW4UDO/

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Identity Theft: Are You Already A Victim?

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

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Pearland police investigate identity theft, fraud

Monday, October 23rd, 2017


Scammers in Pearland last week reportedly used stolen identities, fraudulent checks, counterfeit cash and even email to bilk victims out of money, cell phones and merchandise, police said.

FRAUD

A woman’s identity was used fraudulently to obtain credit with Chase Bank between June 1 and Oct. 9, according to a police report filed Oct. 9 in the 2300 block of Parkview Drive.

Several cellular telephone lines were added fraudulently to a victim’s Verizon account between Aug. 22 and Sept. 22, according to a police report filed Oct. 10 in the 3800 block of Travis Lake Court.

Police filed an identity theft report Oct. 10 the 2800 block of Broadway Street.

Police filed a fraud report Oct. 11 in the 3900 block of Conroe Lake Court after an unknown person purchased a phone using a complainant’s name and credit card.

Identity fraud occurred between Oct. 2 and Oct. 11, according to a police report filed Oct. 11 in the 2500 block of Pearland Parkway.

Police filed an identity theft report Oct. 12 in the 5200 block of Broadway Street after an email attempt to scam money between Oct. 10 and Oct. 11.

A suspect attempted to cash a fraudulent check Oct. 12 in the 2600 block of Pearland Parkway, police said.

A complainant said his identity information was used in another state and his benefits were denied, according to a police report filed Oct. 12 in the 1900 block of Garden Road.

A complainant’s credit card was used without authorization Oct. 8, according to a police report filed Oct. 13 in the 10100 block of Broadway Street.

Identity theft occurred Oct. 13 in the 2700 block of Sunnyside Lane, police said.

Credit or debit card abuse was reported Oct. 13 in the 3300 block of Huisache Boulevard, police said.

A female suspect was found in possession of a counterfeit $100 bill Oct. 14 in the 1000 block of Main Street, police said.

BURGLARY

A male suspect entered a complainant’s vehicle Oct. 9 at a service station in the 2300 block of Smith Ranch Road, police said.

A male suspect entered a vehicle and stole property while the victim pumped gas Oct. 9 at Buc-ee’s, 11151 Shadow Creek Parkway, police said.

A vehicle was burglarized Oct. 9 or Oct. 10 in the 2400 block of Business Center Drive, police said.

A motor vehicle burglary was reported Oct. 10 in the 12500 block of Broadway Street.

An unknown suspect burglarized a vehicle between Oct. 8 and Oct. 10 in the 12500 block of Broadway Street, police said.

Burglary of a building was reported Oct. 11 in the 3200 block of Broadway Street, police said.

A motor vehicle burglary was reported Oct. 11 in the 11000 block of Shadow Creek Parkway, police said.

Police filed a motor vehicle burglary report Oct. 11 in the 8300 block of Broadway Street.

A motor vehicle burglary occurred between Oct. 11 and Oct. 12 in the 1000 block of Andover Drive, police said.

Police filed a motor vehicle burglary report Oct. 12 in the 12500 block of Cobble Springs Drive.

A bicycle was reported missing from a residential garage Oct. 12 in the 2600 block of Silent Walk Court, police said. Police filed a found property report the same day after a bicycle was found in the street on the same block.

Burglary of a building occurred between Oct. 5 and Oct. 12 in the 3500 block of Mustang Ridge Lane, according to an Oct. 12 police report.

Property was stolen from a vehicle Oct. 11 or Oct 12 in the 13100 block of Centerbrook Lane, police said.

A building door was forced open Oct. 12 or Oct. 13 in the 3100 block of Flower Field Lane, police said.

Motor vehicle burglary was reported Oct. 13 in the 2700 block of Miller Ranch Road, police said.

Motor vehicle burglary occurred between Oct. 6 and Oct. 12 in the 2500 block of Business Center Drive, according to an Oct. 14 police report.

Police filed a motor vehicle burglary report Oct. 15 in the 2300 block of Anthony Drive.

THEFT

Rental theft was reported Oct. 9 in the 3300 block of Hazystone Lane, police said.

Police filed a theft report Oct. 9 in the 3900 block of East Plum. A Pearland woman, 44, also was arrested for an unrelated warrant.

Shoplifting was reported Oct. 9 in the 11100 block of Shadow Creek Parkway, police said.

A vehicle was stolen Oct. 8 or Oct. 9 in the 12300 block of Shadow Creek Parkway, according to an Oct. 10 police report.

Shoplifting occurred between Sept. 23 and Sept. 25 in the 1700 block of Broadway Street, according to an Oct. 10 police report.

A firearm was stolen between March 3 and March 11 in the 3400 block of West Circle Drive, according to an Oct. 10 police report.

Several items of clothing were reported stolen Oct. 10 in the 11200 block of Broadway Street, police said.

Theft was reported Oct. 10 in the 6100 block of Broadway Street, police said.

Motor vehicle theft was reported Oct. 11 in the 2000 block of Creek Run Drive, police said.

A barbecue pit was taken from H-E-B Oct. 11 in the 2700 block of Pearland Parkway, according to an Oct. 12 police report.

Blank money orders were stolen between Sept. 2 and Oct. 6, according to a police report filed Oct. 12 in the 1700 block of Old Alvin Road.

A motor vehicle was stolen Oct. 6 or Oct. 7 in the 3100 block of Flower Field Lane, according to an Oct. 12 police report.

A suspect used a company’s account to purchase items without permission Oct. 12 in the 3400 block of Swensen Road, police said.

Shoplifting occurred Oct. 12 in the 2500 block of Main Street, according to an Oct. 13 police report.

Police arrested a Pearland man, 27, for shoplifting and a Brazoria County warrant Oct. 13 in the 1900 block of Main Street.

Shoplifting was reported Oct. 13 at Buc-ee’s, 11151 Shadow Creek Parkway, police said.

A stolen vehicle was recovered Oct. 14 in the 11900 block of Shadow Creek Parkway, police said.

Shoplifting was reported Oct. 14 at HM, 11200 Broadway St., police said.

Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle was reported Oct. 14 in the 2400 block of Colleen Drive, police said.

Theft of a motor vehicle occurred Oct. 14 or Oct. 15 in the 2400 block of Dry Bank Lane, police said.

Shoplifting occurred between Oct. 12 and Oct. 14 in the 1700 block of Broadway Street, according to an Oct. 15 police report.

NARCOTICS

Police arrested a Houston man, 30, for marijuana possession Oct. 9 in the 2800 block of Business Center Drive.

A 20-year-old Moreno Valley, California, woman was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia Oct. 9 in the 2500 block of Pearland Parkway, police said.

Police issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia Oct. 9 in the 11100 block of Medical Center Drive.

Police cited a Houston man, 44, for possession of drug paraphernalia Oct. 10 in the 11200 block of Broadway Street.

Police took a Pearland man, 17, into custody for marijuana possession Oct. 11 in the 3900 block of Liberty Drive.

Police arrested a Rosharon man, 26, for marijuana possession Oct. 11 in the 10900 block of Broadway Street.

A Houston man, 26, was arrested for outstanding warrants and marijuana possession Oct. 11 in the 17600 block of Texas 288, police said.

Police arrested a Pearland man, 31, for possession of drug paraphernalia Oct. 11 in the 4100 block of Dixie Farm Road. A Dallas man, 35, also was arrested for a Pearland Municipal Court warrant.

A Houston man, 35, received a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia Oct. 12 in the 11200 block of Broadway Street, police said.

A Houston man, 30, was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia Oct. 12 in the 5100 block of Main Street, police said.

Police arrested a Houston man, 28, for marijuana possession and Pearland Municipal Court warrants Oct. 12 in the 1700 block of Main Street.

An Alvin man, 23, was arrested for marijuana possession Oct. 13 in the 3700 block of East Pear Street, police said.

A Missouri City woman, 21, was arrested for marijuana possession Oct. 13 in the 16500 block of Texas 288, police said.

Police arrested a Pearland man, 23, for marijuana possession Oct. 14 in the 5600 block of Broadway Street.

Police arrested two 18-year-old Pearland men for marijuana possession Oct. 14 in the 2600 block of Old Chocolate Bayou Road.

An 18-year-old Brazoria County man was arrested for marijuana possession Oct. 15 in the 2800 block of Business Center Drive, police said.

Police cited a Pearland man, 18, for possession of drug paraphernalia Oct. 15 in the 2700 block of Broadway Street.

ASSAULT

Police filed an assault report Oct. 9 in the 2100 block of Kingsley Drive.

Police filed a sexual assault report Oct. 10 in the 3900 block of Ashwood Drive after a 15-year-old female student allegedly had consensual

sex with a 17-year-old male student.

A family violence report was filed Oct. 13 in the 5900 block of Larrycrest Drive, police said.

A male suspect stands accused of assault by threat Oct. 13 against an employee of Buc-ee’s, 11151 Shadow Creek Parkway, police said.

Assault, family violence occurred between Oct. 11 and Oct. 13 in the 5500 block of Cunningham Drive, according to an Oct. 13 police report.

Police charged a juvenile male suspect with assault Oct. 14 in the 2100 block of Kingsley Drive.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF

Tires were slashed Oct. 9 or Oct. 10 on a vehicle parked in the 5000 block of Groveton Lane, police said.

An unknown suspect on a four-wheeler broke a wooden fence Oct. 1 at a park in the 3000 block of Briarsage Lane, according to an Oct. 12 police report.

RESISTING ARREST

Police took a Brazoria County man, 41, into custody for resisting arrest and public intoxication Oct. 10 in the 1500 block of Broadway St.

FAILURE TO IDENTIFY

A Houston man, 44, was taken into custody for failure to identify and a warrant Oct. 11 in the 2800 block of Business Center Drive, police said.

Police arrested an 18-year-old Houston man for failure to identify Oct. 12 in the 1900 block of Main Street.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT

A person accidentally fired a gun while cleaning it Oct. 12 in the 2800 block of Tranquility Lakes Boulevard, police said.

DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED

Police arrested a Rosharon man, 30, for DWI Oct. 13 in the 9400 block of McHard Road.

An Humble man, 31, was arrested for DWI Oct. 14 in the 6400 block of Broadway Street, police said.

PUBLIC INTOXICATION

An Alvin man, 23, was arrested for public intoxication Oct. 9 in the 3200 block of Broadway Street, police said.

TERRORISTIC THREAT

A student threatened a teacher Oct. 12 in the 2300 block of North Galveston Avenue, according to an Oct. police report.

Two offenders received citations after an altercation Oct. 15 in the 2800 block of Business Center Drive, police said.

OFFICIAL OPPRESSION

Official oppression was reported Oct. 13 in the 2500 block of Cullen Parkway, police said.

TRAFFIC

Police investigated a hit-and-run collision Oct. 9 in the 16700 block of Texas 288.

Police arrested a Houston man, 23, for no driver’s license Oct. 15 in the 16600 block of Texas 288.

A hit-and-run collision was reported Oct. 15 in the 3400 block of Snowblossom Court, police said.

Article source: http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/pearland/news/article/Pearland-police-investigate-identity-theft-fraud-12297738.php

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Identity theft topic of workshop Tuesday at Lewiston venue

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

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Article source: http://lmtribune.com/northwest/identity-theft-topic-of-workshop-tuesday-at-lewiston-venue/article_7a241b87-87ab-512e-b743-252b2abe7183.html

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‘Shred it day’ curbs identity theft – Local News – 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — One in ten Hoosiers will be a victim of identity theft and women are more likely to be victims, according to a IUPUI research project.

The report finds women are especially at risk.

As the season changes, we often find ourselves in our attics or basements – somewhere where there is inevitably a building pile of saved items and more often than not, that includes documents with sensitive information.

Many of us save items much longer than needed, thinking we’ll have it when – and if – we ever need it, which begs the question, how long should we hang on to that stuff?

In general, you should save tax returns and associated documents for three years, or seven years if your tax returns are more complex or involve worthless securities or bad debt deduction, according to the IRS.

Bank and credit statements can generally be tossed within a year, unless they bear significance for your tax returns, at which point they should be saved for seven years, according to the FDIC.

Receipts along with deposit or ATM tickets can usually be shredded after the transaction has posted to your account.

It is a good idea, however, to save receipts for large purchases or for products that may need proof of purchase for any potential future warranty claims.

How you get rid of these documents is key. Simply putting them in the trash or recycling can lead a thief to steal from you without ever trying to make it into your home.

Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in America and it can cost you thousands of dollars.

“It can take over your life when you have to redo your identity. Sometimes the government has to issue a new social security number if it gets that bad. You literally have to call every single credit card, you have to monitor your credit every single month, if not bi-monthly and all this takes your time and everybody’s time is worth something,” said Steven DuBois with Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana.

That’s why Crime Stopperspartners with AARP of Indiana and WTHR to hold two Community Shred It Days each year. It’s a quick and easy way to have everything shredded.

“I know there is a lot of focus on the high-tech data breaches where people have lost their information, but it is the low-tech things like trying to recycle it that somebody can get into that recycling bin and take that information and use it to steal your identity,” said Jason Tomcsi with AARP of Indiana.

You can also bring your old electronics – including computers – to any Shred It location.

“They take all of the hard drives out of the computer and they shred them — they don’t recycle them, they don’t clean them off and send them somewhere to use, they are shredded. There’s no way that information is going to get out. Old phones and things that have data on it — tablets, computer, they need to be shred it,” said Steven DuBois with Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana.

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The fall shred it day will be held Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at five locations:

  • WTHR – 1000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis
  • Creekside Middle School – 3525 West 126th Street, Carmel
  • Greenwood Park Mall – 1251 U. S. 31 North, Greenwood
  • Speedway Police Department – 1410 North Lynhurst Drive, Greenwood
  • Lawrence Police Department – 9001 East 59th Street, Indianapolis

A $5 donation is requested for shredding and $10 for each TV or monitor. For more information visit www.crimetips.org.

If you suspect you have become a victim of identity theft, you may file an identity theft claim through the Indiana Office of the Attorney General by clicking here.

Article source: https://www.wthr.com/article/shred-it-day-curbs-identity-theft

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Fraud, conspiracy, ID theft: A summary of the allegations against the … – Honolulu Star

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

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Here are the main allegations against retired Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, Katherine, a deputy prosecutor, that are contained in the federal indictment:

Katherine Kealoha, while a private attorney and trustee for two minor children, in 2004 established trust funds totaling more than $167,000 for the two children, then 10 and 12, and from May 2004 to February 2012 used almost all the money in those accounts to pay personal expenses of her and her husband. The expenses included mortgage payments, home refinancing costs and loan payments. The couple misappropriated nearly $150,000 from the two accounts. Katherine Kealoha created an alias, Alison Lee Wong, to carry out the scheme.

Katherine Kealoha used $25,000 that her uncle, Gerard Puana, gave to her in 2007 to invest in an investment hui for personal expenses instead. To carry out the ruse, Kealoha would periodically withdraw $600 in an account holding Puana’s money and give it to him as a “return” on his investment. Those payments prompted Puana to give Kealoha $70,000 in additional funds. Instead of investing that, the Kealohas used more than $45,000 to pay personal expenses. Puana got back $23,739 as “investment returns.”

As power of attorney for her grandmother, Katherine Kealoha helped her get a reverse mortgage on the the home of her elderly grandmother, Florence Puana, in October 2009 as part of a series of transactions meant to purchase a condo for the elderly woman’s son. Through the reverse mortgage, the grandmother borrowed about $513,000 to buy the condo, pay expenses and consolidate the Kealohas debts so they could purchase the condo from the grandmother and then sell it to her son. But instead of using some of that money to make payments on the woman’s reverse mortgage, Katherine Kealoha used it to pay more than $92,000 in personal expenses for her and her husband. The expenses included $10,663 in car payments for a Mercedes Benz and Maserati, $2,161 for Elton John concert tickets, $7,800 to install air conditioning at their home, $3,000 in charity donations, $3,596 in travel costs and $956 at Disneyland in California.

The Kealohas while acting “under the color of law” and in a conspiracy with the other suspects deprived Honolulu residents of their constitutional rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and destroyed and concealed records to obstruct an an official proceeding. They also altered and falsified records and tangible objects with the intent to impede a federal investigation.

The Kealohas improperly used their authority as public officials to prevent the discovery of their precarious financial condition and prior malfeasance involving the trust accounts and the dealings with her grandmother.

The Kealohas and the other conspirators would target members of the community, including Gerard and Florence Puana, who threatened the power and financial condition of the Kealohas. They also fabricated evidence against Puana, who had been accused of stealing the Kealohas’ mailbox, and conspired to present false testimony and evidence against him.

They attempted to obstruct the subsequent FBI investigation and federal grand jury probe into the Puana case.

The Kealohas devised schemes to defraud American Savings Bank, Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union and Hawaii Central Federal Credit Union to obtain funds through false and fraudulent representations, including in 2013 submitting a forged police report claiming they were victims of identity theft in an attempt to explain derogatory information on their credit reports.

Katherine Kealoha was charged with aggravated identity theft for using another person’s name in 2013, 2014 and 2016 as part of a federal bank fraud violation.

The Kealoha Case: Key Players Key Dates by Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Scribd

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Woman sentenced to 15 years on forgery, identity theft charges

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

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Fraud, conspiracy, ID theft: A summary of the allegations against the Kealohas – Honolulu Star

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

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    Former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha, right, and his wife, Katherine left federal court in Honolulu on Friday. Kealoha and his wife, a city prosecutor, pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges.

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Here are the main allegations against retired Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, Katherine, a deputy prosecutor, that are contained in the federal indictment:

Katherine Kealoha, while a private attorney and trustee for two minor children, in 2004 established trust funds totaling more than $167,000 for the two children, then 10 and 12, and from May 2004 to February 2012 used almost all the money in those accounts to pay personal expenses of her and her husband. The expenses included mortgage payments, home refinancing costs and loan payments. The couple misappropriated nearly $150,000 from the two accounts. Katherine Kealoha created an alias, Alison Lee Wong, to carry out the scheme.

Katherine Kealoha used $25,000 that her uncle, Gerard Puana, gave to her in 2007 to invest in an investment hui for personal expenses instead. To carry out the ruse, Kealoha would periodically withdraw $600 in an account holding Puana’s money and give it to him as a “return” on his investment. Those payments prompted Puana to give Kealoha $70,000 in additional funds. Instead of investing that, the Kealohas used more than $45,000 to pay personal expenses. Puana got back $23,739 as “investment returns.”

As power of attorney for her grandmother, Katherine Kealoha helped her get a reverse mortgage on the the home of her elderly grandmother, Florence Puana, in October 2009 as part of a series of transactions meant to purchase a condo for the elderly woman’s son. Through the reverse mortgage, the grandmother borrowed about $513,000 to buy the condo, pay expenses and consolidate the Kealohas debts so they could purchase the condo from the grandmother and then sell it to her son. But instead of using some of that money to make payments on the woman’s reverse mortgage, Katherine Kealoha used it to pay more than $92,000 in personal expenses for her and her husband. The expenses included $10,663 in car payments for a Mercedes Benz and Maserati, $2,161 for Elton John concert tickets, $7,800 to install air conditioning at their home, $3,000 in charity donations, $3,596 in travel costs and $956 at Disneyland in California.

The Kealohas while acting “under the color of law” and in a conspiracy with the other suspects deprived Honolulu residents of their constitutional rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and destroyed and concealed records to obstruct an an official proceeding. They also altered and falsified records and tangible objects with the intent to impede a federal investigation.

The Kealohas improperly used their authority as public officials to prevent the discovery of their precarious financial condition and prior malfeasance involving the trust accounts and the dealings with her grandmother.

The Kealohas and the other conspirators would target members of the community, including Gerard and Florence Puana, who threatened the power and financial condition of the Kealohas. They also fabricated evidence against Puana, who had been accused of stealing the Kealohas’ mailbox, and conspired to present false testimony and evidence against him.

They attempted to obstruct the subsequent FBI investigation and federal grand jury probe into the Puana case.

The Kealohas devised schemes to defraud American Savings Bank, Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union and Hawaii Central Federal Credit Union to obtain funds through false and fraudulent representations, including in 2013 submitting a forged police report claiming they were victims of identity theft in an attempt to explain derogatory information on their credit reports.

Katherine Kealoha was charged with aggravated identity theft for using another person’s name in 2013, 2014 and 2016 as part of a federal bank fraud violation.

The Kealoha Case: Key Players Key Dates by Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Scribd

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Article source: http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/10/20/breaking-news/fraud-conspiracy-id-theft-a-summary-of-the-allegations-against-the-kealohas/

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Federal jury convicts Jacksonville man after identity theft, fraud … – Florida Times

Saturday, October 21st, 2017


A federal jury convicted a 52-year-old Jacksonville man this week of several charges stemming from an identity theft scheme that involved bank and Social Security fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Anthony Johnson is guilty of nine counts of aggravated identity theft, nine counts of bank fraud, seven counts of false representation of a Social Security number and three counts of mail fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

He faces up to 30 years in prison for each bank fraud offense, up to 20 years for each mail fraud offense and additional sentences for the other charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. A sentencing date has not been set.

Johnson was indicted in August 2016 after he was apprehended at the Orlando International Airport the month before, prosecutors said.

The scheme started in 2014 when Johnson falsely claimed to be a former member of the Army and used Social Security numbers to open a bank account, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He obtained a loan and multiple credit cards and then withdrew thousands of dollars from the United Services Automobile Association.

He later obtained two more loans totaling over $148,000 and had the money wired into a business account in the name of a false medical data company, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Johnson traveled to Dubai in the summer of 2016 and was arrested when he returned.

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Article source: http://jacksonville.com/news/public-safety/2017-10-20/federal-jury-convicts-jacksonville-man-after-identity-theft-fraud

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‘Shred it day’ curbs identity theft

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — One in ten Hoosiers will be a victim of identity theft and women are more likely to be victims, according to a IUPUI research project.

The report finds women are especially at risk.

As the season changes, we often find ourselves in our attics or basements – somewhere where there is inevitably a building pile of saved items and more often than not, that includes documents with sensitive information.

Many of us save items much longer than needed, thinking we’ll have it when – and if – we ever need it, which begs the question, how long should we hang on to that stuff?

In general, you should save tax returns and associated documents for three years, or seven years if your tax returns are more complex or involve worthless securities or bad debt deduction, according to the IRS.

Bank and credit statements can generally be tossed within a year, unless they bear significance for your tax returns, at which point they should be saved for seven years, according to the FDIC.

Receipts along with deposit or ATM tickets can usually be shredded after the transaction has posted to your account.

It is a good idea, however, to save receipts for large purchases or for products that may need proof of purchase for any potential future warranty claims.

How you get rid of these documents is key. Simply putting them in the trash or recycling can lead a thief to steal from you without ever trying to make it into your home.

Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in America and it can cost you thousands of dollars.

“It can take over your life when you have to redo your identity. Sometimes the government has to issue a new social security number if it gets that bad. You literally have to call every single credit card, you have to monitor your credit every single month, if not bi-monthly and all this takes your time and everybody’s time is worth something,” said Steven DuBois with Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana.

That’s why Crime Stopperspartners with AARP of Indiana and WTHR to hold two Community Shred It Days each year. It’s a quick and easy way to have everything shredded.

“I know there is a lot of focus on the high-tech data breaches where people have lost their information, but it is the low-tech things like trying to recycle it that somebody can get into that recycling bin and take that information and use it to steal your identity,” said Jason Tomcsi with AARP of Indiana.

You can also bring your old electronics – including computers – to any Shred It location.

“They take all of the hard drives out of the computer and they shred them — they don’t recycle them, they don’t clean them off and send them somewhere to use, they are shredded. There’s no way that information is going to get out. Old phones and things that have data on it — tablets, computer, they need to be shred it,” said Steven DuBois with Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana.

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The fall shred it day will be held Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at five locations:

  • WTHR – 1000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis
  • Creekside Middle School – 3525 West 126th Street, Carmel
  • Greenwood Park Mall – 1251 U. S. 31 North, Greenwood
  • Speedway Police Department – 1410 North Lynhurst Drive, Greenwood
  • Lawrence Police Department – 9001 East 59th Street, Indianapolis

A $5 donation is requested for shredding and $10 for each TV or monitor. For more information visit www.crimetips.org.

If you suspect you have become a victim of identity theft, you may file an identity theft claim through the Indiana Office of the Attorney General by clicking here.

Article source: https://www.wthr.com/article/shred-it-day-curbs-identity-theft

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