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Former Houma Store Worker Charged With Identity Theft [HOUMA, La.]

A former rental-store worker is free on a $5,000 bond Saturday and faces identity theft charges after allegedly using other people's names to get big-screen televisions.

Houma police said 35-year-old Timothy Turner was charged with three counts of identity theft and one charge of theft of more than $500.

Turner is accused of using rental applications with other names to steal 53-inch television sets from the Rent-to-Own store where he worked.

Police said one name Turner used on an application was a person who died in 1997.

from WDSU

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Posted on July 12, 2004 at 09:55 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Man arrested on identity theft charges [Ventura, CA]

The Ventura County District Attorney's Office filed 21 felony criminal counts in a case of identity theft against a Moorpark man and plans to file 21 more, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department said Friday.

Michael Buss, 42, is being held on $60,000 bail in the Ventura County Jail on multiple forgery and identity theft charges. He will be in court Thursday for further proceedings, jail officials said. Buss was on parole for convictions on similar charges, sheriff's officers said.

According to a press release from the Sheriff's Department, Buss was arrested Tuesday in the parking lot of the Camarillo Home Depot, 401 W. Ventura Blvd., after he had tried to pass a forged check at a nearby Target store. Employees at Target had called the Sheriff's Department.

from Ventura County Star

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Posted on July 12, 2004 at 09:54 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Identity theft charges mount [Lincoln City,OR]

Eight more counts of identity theft have been leveled against Cesar Manuel Ochoa Torres following his arrest June 15 at Chinook Winds Casino Resort, formerly the Shilo Inn in Lincoln City.

The arrest is the culmination of a month-long investigation after Lincoln City Police Detective Randy Weaver was contacted by an individual about possible criminal activity at Shilo. Weaver said that more charges may still be filed by the grand jury.

from Lincoln City News Guard

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Posted on July 9, 2004 at 04:53 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Three facing identity theft charges [New Haven,CT]

Three people are being held on one million dollars bond for what police say was an identity theft ring that netted them tens of thousands of dollars.

The three may have gotten nearly $60,000 in one day from several banks in the northwest corner of Connecticut.

A prosecutor says Olayinka Are of Trenton, New Jersey, told police he and two women would rent a car every two weeks to come to Connecticut to use fake identification and credit cards to obtain money.

from WTNH

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Posted on July 9, 2004 at 04:51 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

3 charged in identity theft plot [Jersey City,NJ]

Federal agents yesterday charged three people who they said were part of an identify theft ring that used stolen credit card applications from a North Jersey furniture store to buy hundreds of thousands of dollars in items.

Investigators said Christine Akidi, 28, of Jersey City, was a customer service representative at the Ethan Allen store in Secaucus when her boyfriend enlisted her to steal credit card applications at least two years ago.

from New Jersey Journal

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Posted on July 8, 2004 at 12:33 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Prosecutors Say Woman Stole Law Firm's ID [WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.]

A paralegal embezzled nearly $600,000 by setting up a bank account under a name that was nearly identical to a New York law firm's, prosecutors said Monday.

"This woman basically stole the identity of this law firm," Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro said.

The law firm was Fish & Neave of Manhattan; the account was set up in the name "Fish Neave."

Phoebe Nicholson, 39, worked for Honeywell International at the time. The company had done work with Fish & Neave in the past.

from Yahoo!

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Posted on July 7, 2004 at 08:55 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Area woman accused of identity theft [Parkersburg,WV]

RIPLEY - One woman's shock and anger have given way to forgiveness in a Jackson County identity theft case.

Deputies arrested Michelle Spencer, 22, of 1511 1/2 Camden Ave., Parkersburg, Tuesday charging her with a felony count of identity theft and a misdemeanor count of telephone fraud. Together, the crimes carry a maximum six years in jail and $3,500 in fines. Spencer was transported to the South Central Regional Jail, where she remains held on $3,500 cash bond.
The alleged victim, Melissa Wilkinson, told the News Thursday she has forgiven Spencer, but still believes jail time is a good option.

from Parkersburg News

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Posted on June 28, 2004 at 05:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Two suspects sought in identity-theft, fraud case [Portland,OR]

VANCOUVER -- Federal arrest warrants were issued this week for two former Vancouver residents suspected in a broad identity-theft operation that produced counterfeit money and fake Oregon driver's licenses and committed Internet, credit card and check fraud.

Arrest warrants were issued Tuesday for Keric Todd Davis, 33, and Michael Edward Bowman, 31, on accusations of mail theft, credit-card fraud, possession of counterfeit identification and securities fraud. It was unclear when they left Vancouver.

from Oregonian

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Posted on June 27, 2004 at 06:32 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Postal inspectors link nine women to identity theft ring [Columbus,OH]

A ring involving nine women used stolen bank statements to print counterfeit checks that were cashed or used to buy items and gift cards totaling $74,000, authorities said.

Three women have admitted to participating in the ring and six others should be charged within the next two months, including two former postal workers who took the statements while handling mail at a post office, Postal Inspector Kevin McCafferty said Thursday.

In all, the accounts of 38 women were used to write bogus checks, printed on a home computer, at stores in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton from June 2001 to December 2002, he said. The victims have gotten their money back.

Two sisters, Nyteria Green, 24, and Paula Green, 30, pleaded guilty in federal court last year to a charge of conspiracy to steal mail.

from Ohio News Network

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Posted on June 27, 2004 at 06:29 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

2 Arrested In Identity Theft Case [Salinas, CA]

Salinas police have arrested two people in connection with an alleged identity theft operation.

Recia Esteban, 32, and Manuel Simon Hernandez, 27, were arrested Tueday night.

from KSBW Channel.com

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Posted on June 27, 2004 at 06:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Identity-theft ring member gets 16 months [Escondido,CA]

SAN DIEGO - One of 21 people who participated in San Diego County's largest known identity theft ring was sentenced today to 16 months in state prison.

Cesar Villaroman, 50, pleaded guilty March 30 to three felony counts, including conspiracy, grand theft and passing checks with insufficient funds.

from North County Times

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Posted on June 21, 2004 at 09:40 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Dispatcher charged with identity theft [Belleville,IL]

VENICE - A Venice police dispatcher was charged with using her access to drivers' records to steal the identity of a Hawaii woman and charge $10,000 to fraudulent credit cards.

Madison County prosecutors on Thursday charged dispatcher Nancy E. Loston, 31, with official misconduct and two counts of financial identity theft.

Madison County Sheriff's Lt. John Lakin said Loston searched driver records through the department's Law Enforcement Agencies Data Systems (LEADS) terminal for women with her same maiden name, Nancy White, and her same date of birth. The LEADS system, which is a computerized databank of drivers nationwide, turned up a Nancy White in Honolulu.

from Belleville News-Democrat

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Posted on June 21, 2004 at 09:39 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Investigators Bust Identity Theft Ring [Winter Park,FL]

Dozens of victims of identity theft are celebrating news that the alleged thieves have been indicted.

Idel and Leonard Davy said they discovered someone had bought a new car last summer at a Winter Park dealership using Leonard Davy's stolen identity, WESH NewsChannel 2 reported.

from WESH.com

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Posted on June 21, 2004 at 09:37 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Restaurant owner arrested in ID theft probe [Appleton,WI]

GREEN BAY — Police and immigration agents arrested 14 people in a raid Tuesday of three local Julie’s Cafe restaurants.

Stephen Metzler, 45, New Franken, owner of the Julie’s Cafe chain as well as of the Stratosphere, was booked on charges of being party to a crime of identity theft and obstructing justice.

from Appleton Post Crescent

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Posted on June 21, 2004 at 09:33 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Official says identity theft tied in to terrorism threat

Patrick O'Carroll Jr., acting inspector general of the Social Security Administration, told the House Social Security subcommittee Tuesday that terrorists could obtain Social Security numbers by purchasing them, creating them, stealing them, using the number of a deceased individual or obtaining them from the Social Security Administration using fake documents.

As part of the Joint Terrorism Task Forces, O'Carroll said, the agency's New York field division investigated six men believed to have participated in an Al-Qaeda training camp and found that one of them had two Social Security cards.

from Palm Beach Post

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Posted on June 21, 2004 at 09:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Saugus Couple Indicted For Identity Theft [Boston, MA]

A Saugus husband and wife were arrested yesterday and charged in federal court with identity theft, bank fraud, credit card fraud and various other federal offenses.

ITZA RUIZ, a/k/a Itza Galvin Santos, age 39, and HERIBERTO RUIZ, age 47, of 226 Essex Street, Saugus, Massachusetts, were arrested on an indictment unsealed in federal court yesterday, charging them with identity theft, bank fraud, credit card fraud and making false statements in documents required by federal immigration law. The twenty-three count indictment also charges ITZA RUIZ with student financial aid fraud, making false statements in loan applications, making false statements and entries in an INS Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9, and misrepresentation of a social security account number. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of the couple's marital home.

from Yahoo!

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Posted on June 21, 2004 at 09:29 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

NFL player victim of Identity theft [Contra Costa County,CA]

Brandon Whiting was at his parents' home in Vallejo when his agent called to ask if he was trying to buy two houses in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The 49ers defensive tackle was confused. He had played against Arizona State when he was at Cal and against the Arizona Cardinals while employed by the Philadelphia Eagles. Otherwise, he had only visited Arizona once and had never considered buying a home there, let alone two.

Whiting wasn't interested in desert real estate. An impersonator was using his name to commit fraud.

It was just another recent example of an NFL player victimized by identity theft.

from Contra Costa Times

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Posted on June 21, 2004 at 09:17 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

OPP Charge Person With Identity Theft

OPP, with the assistance of Police, have arrested and charged one man with identity theft.

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Posted on June 21, 2004 at 09:11 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hospital lab technician booked on charges of identity theft [Shreveport,LA]

A hospital laboratory technician is behind bars for allegedly taking personal information from patients' medical charts and using it to obtain credit and make thousands of dollars in unauthorized purchases.

Robbie Ragsdale of Mansfield was booked on three counts of identity theft. Authorities say Ragsdale, who works for Willis-Knighton Health Systems, took the social security numbers, birth dates and other data to make large purchases between $6,000 and $7,000.

from KTBS

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Posted on June 17, 2004 at 05:17 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Drug ring indicted in odd identity theft case [Baltimore, MD]

Federal authorities said Tuesday they have cracked a twisted case of drug trafficking in the Baltimore-Washington area that reveals how organized crime rings can use identity theft to supplement income from other criminal sources. Among the allegations in the indictment: that dozens of conspirators got their victims hooked on cocaine, crack or heroin, then took out life insurance policies in their names and collected when the victims died.

According to the indictment, Paulette "Auntie" Martin, 57, of Takoma Park, Md. and 30 others sold drugs and took out life insurance policies dating back to 1995. A 20-month investigation called "Operation Encore" climaxed June 1, when federal agents simultaneously executed 30 search warrants, followed by 29 arrests.

Among those arrested: Richard Gunn, 52, an insurance agent who worked in Burtonsville, Md. The indictment says Gunn worked with Martin to take out 17 life insurance policies via identity theft, and collected on the policies as recently as March of this year. Pilfered Social Security numbers and other stolen personal information were used without the victim's knowledge to fill out the insurance paperwork, the government alleges. Martin and others paid for the life insurance polices with proceeds from drug sales.

from MSNBC

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Posted on June 16, 2004 at 01:29 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Drug ring indicted in odd identity theft case [Baltimore, MD]

Federal authorities said Tuesday they have cracked a twisted case of drug trafficking in the Baltimore-Washington area that reveals how organized crime rings can use identity theft to supplement income from other criminal sources. Among the allegations in the indictment: that dozens of conspirators got their victims hooked on cocaine, crack or heroin, then took out life insurance policies in their names and collected when the victims died.

According to the indictment, Paulette "Auntie" Martin, 57, of Takoma Park, Md. and 30 others sold drugs and took out life insurance policies dating back to 1995. A 20-month investigation called "Operation Encore" climaxed June 1, when federal agents simultaneously executed 30 search warrants, followed by 29 arrests.

Among those arrested: Richard Gunn, 52, an insurance agent who worked in Burtonsville, Md. The indictment says Gunn worked with Martin to take out 17 life insurance policies via identity theft, and collected on the policies as recently as March of this year. Pilfered Social Security numbers and other stolen personal information were used without the victim's knowledge to fill out the insurance paperwork, the government alleges. Martin and others paid for the life insurance polices with proceeds from drug sales.

from MSNBC

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Posted on June 16, 2004 at 01:29 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

New wrinkle in ID theft

Struggling with declining health and relying on an oxygen tank to breathe, 81-year-old John Braithwaite of Salt Lake City would like nothing better than to spend his late retirement years relaxing with his wife.

Instead, Braithwaite is consumed by a need to restore his once-perfect credit record after becoming a victim of a new kind of identity theft.

Most people think of identity theft as a crime that occurs when a crook steals a person's entire identity -- their name and Social Security number -- to make fraudulent purchases.

But Braithwaite is among a growing number of victims whose good credit is hijacked by thieves who use their own names with other people's Social Security numbers.

from Salt Lake Tribune

Category: Consumer Tips, ID Theft News
Posted on June 16, 2004 at 01:04 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

New wrinkle in ID theft

Struggling with declining health and relying on an oxygen tank to breathe, 81-year-old John Braithwaite of Salt Lake City would like nothing better than to spend his late retirement years relaxing with his wife.

Instead, Braithwaite is consumed by a need to restore his once-perfect credit record after becoming a victim of a new kind of identity theft.

Most people think of identity theft as a crime that occurs when a crook steals a person's entire identity -- their name and Social Security number -- to make fraudulent purchases.

But Braithwaite is among a growing number of victims whose good credit is hijacked by thieves who use their own names with other people's Social Security numbers.


from Salt Lake Tribune

Category: Consumer Tips, ID Theft News
Posted on June 16, 2004 at 01:04 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Local Company's Employees Become Target of Identity Theft [Evansville,IN]

Several Tri-staters have learned someone has gained access to all of their personal information. Their names, social security numbers, mother's maiden names were all obtained. The Tri-staters all have one thing in common; they worked for Peabody Coal in Lynnville. But the problem doesn't stop there. Employees from other Peabody plants have been victimized as well.

"We have to prove he is who he says he is after 51 years. They had his name, social security number, birth date and salary history. And there's only one place all that can come from and that is Peabody Coal," says Barbara Southard referring to her husband.

from WFIE-TV

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Posted on June 16, 2004 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Local Company's Employees Become Target of Identity Theft [Evansville,IN]

Several Tri-staters have learned someone has gained access to all of their personal information. Their names, social security numbers, mother's maiden names were all obtained. The Tri-staters all have one thing in common; they worked for Peabody Coal in Lynnville. But the problem doesn't stop there. Employees from other Peabody plants have been victimized as well.

"We have to prove he is who he says he is after 51 years. They had his name, social security number, birth date and salary history. And there's only one place all that can come from and that is Peabody Coal," says Barbara Southard referring to her husband.

FULL STORY from WFIE-TV [pop up]

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Lauderhill man charged with fraud involving identity theft [Fort Lauderdale,FL]

A Lauderhill man who tried to buy a house using the Social Security number of a South Carolina man with a similar name was arrested moments after he thought he'd sealed the deal, a Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said Friday.

Michael Anthony Allen, 37, applied for an online mortgage using Michael Edwin Allen's personal information, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Liz Calzadilla said. Michael Anthony Allen e-mailed and mailed fraudulent papers to the loan provider to support his stolen identity and secure a $175,000 loan to buy a house in Lauderdale Lakes, Calzadilla said.

from South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Posted on June 16, 2004 at 12:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Lauderhill man charged with fraud involving identity theft [Fort Lauderdale,FL]

A Lauderhill man who tried to buy a house using the Social Security number of a South Carolina man with a similar name was arrested moments after he thought he'd sealed the deal, a Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said Friday.

Michael Anthony Allen, 37, applied for an online mortgage using Michael Edwin Allen's personal information, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Liz Calzadilla said. Michael Anthony Allen e-mailed and mailed fraudulent papers to the loan provider to support his stolen identity and secure a $175,000 loan to buy a house in Lauderdale Lakes, Calzadilla said.

FULL STORY from South Florida Sun-Sentinel [pop up]

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Identity theft case nets terror link [Long Island,NY]

An identity theft case in Farmingville led Suffolk police to a couple with possible ties to terrorism operating a virtual credit card factory out of their Brooklyn apartment, Suffolk prosecutors said.

In what Suffolk District Attorney Thomas J. Spota called one of the "most extensive" search warrants that took seven hours to prepare, police found more than 1,000 credit card numbers, blank and cloned credit cards, credit card readers and encoders, and various computer equipment during an early morning raid on May 27.

Yunus Unlu, 29, a Turkey national and Sai Jiang, 32, a Chinese citizen, are being held without bail in the Suffolk County jail in Riverhead pending their arraignment tomorrow morning

from Newsday

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Posted on June 2, 2004 at 04:10 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Identity theft case nets terror link [Long Island,NY]

An identity theft case in Farmingville led Suffolk police to a couple with possible ties to terrorism operating a virtual credit card factory out of their Brooklyn apartment, Suffolk prosecutors said.

In what Suffolk District Attorney Thomas J. Spota called one of the "most extensive" search warrants that took seven hours to prepare, police found more than 1,000 credit card numbers, blank and cloned credit cards, credit card readers and encoders, and various computer equipment during an early morning raid on May 27.

Yunus Unlu, 29, a Turkey national and Sai Jiang, 32, a Chinese citizen, are being held without bail in the Suffolk County jail in Riverhead pending their arraignment tomorrow morning

FULL STORY from Newsday [pop up]

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Two Redmond Teens Accused Of Identity Theft [Seattle,WA]

REDMOND - A junior high school is not where you'd expect to find accused identity thieves, but on Thursday, Redmond police arrested two 14-year-old eighth graders from Rose Hill Junior High. They're under investigation for credit card fraud.

from KOMO

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Posted on June 2, 2004 at 04:08 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Two Redmond Teens Accused Of Identity Theft [Seattle,WA]

REDMOND - A junior high school is not where you'd expect to find accused identity thieves, but on Thursday, Redmond police arrested two 14-year-old eighth graders from Rose Hill Junior High. They're under investigation for credit card fraud.

FULL STORY from KOMO [pop up]

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Former Milwaukee County employee faces identity theft charges [Duluth,MN]

MILWAUKEE - A former clerk/typist in the Milwaukee County register of deeds office has been accused of stealing personal information from at least 140 people and businesses that requested records from the office.

Carol Graham, 49, was also accused in a federal indictment of stealing credit card information and making copies of checks used to pay for the records.

She and her husband, Elijah Hayes, 53, are charged with conspiracy, possession of unauthorized access devices (the applications and credit card numbers) and use of those devices.

from Duluth News Tribune

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Posted on June 2, 2004 at 04:05 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Former Milwaukee County employee faces identity theft charges [Duluth,MN]

MILWAUKEE - A former clerk/typist in the Milwaukee County register of deeds office has been accused of stealing personal information from at least 140 people and businesses that requested records from the office.

Carol Graham, 49, was also accused in a federal indictment of stealing credit card information and making copies of checks used to pay for the records.

She and her husband, Elijah Hayes, 53, are charged with conspiracy, possession of unauthorized access devices (the applications and credit card numbers) and use of those devices.

FULL STORY from Duluth News Tribune [pop up]

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CA Dept of Corporations Yanks Certificate from Investment Adviser for Defrauding Millions from Koreans

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 27, 2004-- The Department of Corporations revoked the investment adviser certificate of C+ Capital Management, LLC for defrauding nearly $36 million from investors in an affinity fraud scheme targeting Korean citizens -- many elderly, the Department announced today.

Since approximately May 2002, 34-year-old Won Charlie Yi owned and operated C+ Capital Management, LLC, and raised nearly $36 million by luring investors from the Korean community to invest money in brokerage accounts he claimed he would set up for them at Carlin Equities Corp., a registered broker-dealer. Yi guaranteed investors returns from his company C+ Capital by purchasing and selling stocks on their behalf at discounted prices.

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CA Dept of Corporations Yanks Certificate from Investment Adviser for Defrauding Millions from Koreans

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 27, 2004-- The Department of Corporations revoked the investment adviser certificate of C+ Capital Management, LLC for defrauding nearly $36 million from investors in an affinity fraud scheme targeting Korean citizens -- many elderly, the Department announced today.

Since approximately May 2002, 34-year-old Won Charlie Yi owned and operated C+ Capital Management, LLC, and raised nearly $36 million by luring investors from the Korean community to invest money in brokerage accounts he claimed he would set up for them at Carlin Equities Corp., a registered broker-dealer. Yi guaranteed investors returns from his company C+ Capital by purchasing and selling stocks on their behalf at discounted prices.

FULL STORY from Yahoo! [pop up]

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Identity theft suspect caught [New Britain,CT]

PLAINVILLE -- Police believe a Hamden man accused of stealing the identities of cancer patients in a New Haven hospital used the information to purchase $6,000 of home improvement merchandise in town.

Joseph Watkins, 44, of 230 Butler St. in Hamden was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court Friday on four counts of third-degree identity theft, two counts of third-degree larceny, one count of making a false statement and one of credit card fraud for purchases alleged to have been made at Lowe’s Home Improvement Center on New Britain Avenue, police reports said.

from New Britain Herald

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Identity theft suspect caught [New Britain,CT]

PLAINVILLE -- Police believe a Hamden man accused of stealing the identities of cancer patients in a New Haven hospital used the information to purchase $6,000 of home improvement merchandise in town.

Joseph Watkins, 44, of 230 Butler St. in Hamden was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court Friday on four counts of third-degree identity theft, two counts of third-degree larceny, one count of making a false statement and one of credit card fraud for purchases alleged to have been made at Lowe’s Home Improvement Center on New Britain Avenue, police reports said.

FULL STORY from New Britain Herald [pop up]

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Police Stop Alleged Drug, Identity Theft Ring [Wash,DC]

WASHINGTON -- Five people are under arrest, accused of operating a crime ring that dealt in stolen credit cards, drugs and even counterfeit money.

In the raids, officers said they found drugs including marijuana and crack cocaine, counterfeit U.S. money, suspected stolen credit cards and two handguns. Investigators believe the group may have been involved in identity theft.

Detectives identified the people arrested as: Maurice Parker, William Ragsdale, Negisti Tekle, Samuel Woldeghiorgis, Woldeghiorgis, Addisu Tessma.

from NBC4.com

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Posted on May 31, 2004 at 11:41 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Police Stop Alleged Drug, Identity Theft Ring [Wash,DC]

WASHINGTON -- Five people are under arrest, accused of operating a crime ring that dealt in stolen credit cards, drugs and even counterfeit money.

In the raids, officers said they found drugs including marijuana and crack cocaine, counterfeit U.S. money, suspected stolen credit cards and two handguns. Investigators believe the group may have been involved in identity theft.

Detectives identified the people arrested as: Maurice Parker, William Ragsdale, Negisti Tekle, Samuel Woldeghiorgis, Woldeghiorgis, Addisu Tessma.

FULL STORY from NBC4.com [pop up]

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Delray man's identity theft undetected since '78 [Palm Beach,FL]

Douglas E. Lightcap is 53 and lived in Delray Beach for the past 22 years, working as a real estate appraiser. So it was a surprise to him to find out that he is 60, working at times as a convenience store clerk in northwest Indiana and failing to pay taxes.

The 60-year-old Lightcap is really George Leucuta Jr., a father who allegedly has passed himself off as Lightcap since 1978.

from Palm Beach Post

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Posted on May 25, 2004 at 12:05 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Delray man's identity theft undetected since '78 [Palm Beach,FL]

Douglas E. Lightcap is 53 and lived in Delray Beach for the past 22 years, working as a real estate appraiser. So it was a surprise to him to find out that he is 60, working at times as a convenience store clerk in northwest Indiana and failing to pay taxes.

The 60-year-old Lightcap is really George Leucuta Jr., a father who allegedly has passed himself off as Lightcap since 1978.

FULL STORY from Palm Beach Post [pop up]

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Laurel man, 24, is indicted in identity theft of colleagues [Baltimore,MD]

A 24-year-old Laurel man was indicted this week on charges related to the alleged identity theft of 10 people, many of whom worked at Arbitron Inc. in Columbia.

A Howard County grand jury returned an 18-count indictment Wednesday against Mobolaji Olanite of the 300 block of Thomas Drive. The indictment charges him with fraud, theft and forgery, as well as the alleged assault of the Howard County police officer who confronted him at the 1st Mariner Bank in Ellicott City after bank officials reported a possible fraud March 12.

FULL STORY from Baltimore Sun [pop up]

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Laurel man, 24, is indicted in identity theft of colleagues [Baltimore,MD]

A 24-year-old Laurel man was indicted this week on charges related to the alleged identity theft of 10 people, many of whom worked at Arbitron Inc. in Columbia.

A Howard County grand jury returned an 18-count indictment Wednesday against Mobolaji Olanite of the 300 block of Thomas Drive. The indictment charges him with fraud, theft and forgery, as well as the alleged assault of the Howard County police officer who confronted him at the 1st Mariner Bank in Ellicott City after bank officials reported a possible fraud March 12.

from Baltimore Sun

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Posted on May 25, 2004 at 12:02 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Woodbine Woman Charged With Identity Theft [Jacksonville,FL]

Man Sought For 120 Counts Of Identity Theft

KINGSLAND, Ga. -- A 20-year-old Woodbine woman is under arrest, accused of several crimes involving identity theft.

After an investigation, Kingsland police on Monday obtained a warrant against a Amanda Brown on two counts of conspiracy to commit identity fraud, 1 count of identity fraud, two counts of theft by taking and two counts receiving property stolen in another state.

Police are not giving many of the details in the case as they are still seeking Larry White Jr., 21. He is accused of fraudulently obtaining funds on 120 occasions.

from News4Jax.com

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Posted on May 25, 2004 at 12:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Woodbine Woman Charged With Identity Theft [Jacksonville,FL]

Man Sought For 120 Counts Of Identity Theft

KINGSLAND, Ga. -- A 20-year-old Woodbine woman is under arrest, accused of several crimes involving identity theft.

After an investigation, Kingsland police on Monday obtained a warrant against a Amanda Brown on two counts of conspiracy to commit identity fraud, 1 count of identity fraud, two counts of theft by taking and two counts receiving property stolen in another state.

Police are not giving many of the details in the case as they are still seeking Larry White Jr., 21. He is accused of fraudulently obtaining funds on 120 occasions.

FULL STORY from News4Jax.com [pop up]

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Posted on May 25, 2004 at 12:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Probe leads to identity theft arrest [Meriden,CT]

WALLINGFORD — A year-long investigation led to the arrest of a New Haven man whom police say used scores of stolen identification cards to open faulty credit card accounts.

Joseph Watkins, 44, of 24 Sheldon Terrace, was arrested Tuesday and charged by Wallingford police with first-degree larceny, several counts of identity theft and receiving goods and services with an illegal credit card.

from Record-Journal

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Probe leads to identity theft arrest [Meriden,CT]

WALLINGFORD — A year-long investigation led to the arrest of a New Haven man whom police say used scores of stolen identification cards to open faulty credit card accounts.

Joseph Watkins, 44, of 24 Sheldon Terrace, was arrested Tuesday and charged by Wallingford police with first-degree larceny, several counts of identity theft and receiving goods and services with an illegal credit card.

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Posted on May 25, 2004 at 11:58 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Authorities Arrest 4 At BWI In Alleged Identity Theft Ring [Baltimore,MD]

Police Believe Suspects Came To Baltimore For Preakness

BALTIMORE -- Four people were arrested at Baltimore-Washington International Airport for their alleged roles in what authorities are calling a national fraud ring for identity theft, police said Wednesday.

Shennell Griffin, 31, Donald Davenport, 36, and La Shaun Rickman, 35, all of Chicago, and Anthony Dillon, 41, of no fixed address, were arrested by Maryland Transportation Authority Police Monday night. The arrests were made after detectives were able to connect them to a stolen credit card used to charge merchandise at a shop located within BWI Airport, police said.

They were arrested on pickpocket, theft, identity-theft and credit-card fraud related charges, said Cpl. Greg Prioleau, a representative of the Maryland Transportation Authority police.

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Authorities Arrest 4 At BWI In Alleged Identity Theft Ring [Baltimore,MD]

Police Believe Suspects Came To Baltimore For Preakness

BALTIMORE -- Four people were arrested at Baltimore-Washington International Airport for their alleged roles in what authorities are calling a national fraud ring for identity theft, police said Wednesday.

Shennell Griffin, 31, Donald Davenport, 36, and La Shaun Rickman, 35, all of Chicago, and Anthony Dillon, 41, of no fixed address, were arrested by Maryland Transportation Authority Police Monday night. The arrests were made after detectives were able to connect them to a stolen credit card used to charge merchandise at a shop located within BWI Airport, police said.

They were arrested on pickpocket, theft, identity-theft and credit-card fraud related charges, said Cpl. Greg Prioleau, a representative of the Maryland Transportation Authority police.

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Two Local Men Accused Of Nationwide Identity Theft [Los Angeles,CA]

Two men are under arrest in Long Beach Thursday in connection with a nationwide identity theft and fraud ring.

John Wayne Avery, 50, of Inglewood, and Calvin Son Guidry, 30, of Los Angeles, allegedly stole identities nationwide and used the information to get phony driver's licenses, credit cards and bank accounts, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

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Posted on May 25, 2004 at 11:40 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack