Supreme Court agrees to hear identity theft case
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case that could make it more difficult for states to prosecute identity theft and other crimes.
Woman sentenced for faking illnesses to get donations
LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado woman accused of faking illnesses to get donations has been sentenced to a year in the Larimer County work release program and 10 years' probation.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 37-year-old Illinois prison inmate has pleaded guilty to using fraudulent work and educational history to obtain jobs at three St. Louis-area health care...
Man convicted of bank fraud, identity theft
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man has been convicted of using stolen identities to defraud people and banks out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A man charged in connection with the discovery of a body in a shallow grave in his Massachusetts home's basement has been held without bail.
Dead body found in basement; resident faces charges
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts have found the body of a 68-year-old man reported missing two weeks ago buried in a shallow grave in the basement of a home, and arrested a resident...
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman has been accused of trying to scam her disabled son out of $200,000 in trust fund money but she won't tell police his location.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A Social Security Administration employee has admitted he accessed numerous accounts and falsified records so he could steal nearly $100,000 from the agency.
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — A man accused of running a crime ring out of his home near Bremerton has been sentenced to five years in prison.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former school superintendent in West Virginia has been sentenced to three and a half years in federal prison on a corruption conviction.
Arizona woman sentenced in South Dakota for identity theft
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — An Arizona woman has been sentenced in South Dakota on a federal identity theft conviction.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 31-year-old Lauren Montgomery, of Phoenix,...
Prosecutors seek 3-year sentence in ‘celebgate’ hacking case
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have recommended a sentence of nearly three years in prison for a former Virginia high school teacher convicted of hacking into private digital accounts of...
Man pleads guilty to bank ATM skinning scheme
BOSTON (AP) — A Brazilian man has pleaded guilty to installing debit and credit card skimming devices on ATMs in several Boston-area communities.
Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Alexandre Kawamura pleaded guilty Monday to using counterfeit access devices, possessing device-making equipment, and aggravated identity theft.
Former county treasurer pleads guilty to stealing $161K
MCKEE, Ky. (AP) — A former county treasurer in Kentucky has admitted to writing $161,000 worth unauthorized checks to herself and trying to cover up the crime.
A joint statement from the FBI and Kentucky State Police says 38-year-old Beth N. Sallee of McKee pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of wire fraud.
Caretaker admits to taking credit cards from client’s spouse
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A caretaker in Newport News, Virginia, has admitted to stealing credit cards from her client's spouse and using them to pay for personal purchases including car services, hotel stays and clothing.
Oklahoma man convicted of federal wire fraud, other charges
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal court jury has convicted a 42-year-old man of defrauding Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. of more than $4.3 million.
Court records indicate that the jury returned guilty verdicts Tuesday against Justin Lane Foust of Sulphur, Oklahoma, on six counts of wire fraud and single aggravated identity theft and money laundering counts. Jurors were unable to reach a verdict on two other wire fraud counts and one of aggravated identity theft.
Officials: Approximately 30 taken into custody in ICE raid
SANFORD, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say approximately 30 people have been taken into custody after a raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at a North Carolina manufacturing plant.
A statement from the Lee County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday said the raid on the plant in Sanford was the result of an ongoing investigation into identity theft and fraud. The statement said the sheriff's office assisted ICE agents at the request of federal officials.
- The Washington TimesSupreme Court to settle illegal immigrant-identity fraud caseMarch 18, 2019
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- Houston ChronicleMan sentenced for fraud and ID theft; co-defendant to be sentenced on FridayMarch 12, 2019
- Connecticut PostNY man charged with identity theft in MilfordMarch 4, 2019
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Louisiana woman charged in $200,000 scheme
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New Orleans have charged a 31-year-old woman in a $200,000 student loan fraud scheme.
U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser says in a Friday news release that Kendra Graves of LaPlace is charged with theft of government funds and identity theft. Prosecutors said Graves applied for federal financial aid at Delgado Community College in the name of 15 people — without their knowledge — and pocketed the money for personal use.
Tennis instructor facing sex charges accused in card scheme
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey youth tennis instructor already facing sex-related charges including kidnapping and sexual assault is now facing charges in what prosecutors allege was a credit card identity theft scheme that led to the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Monmouth County prosecutors said Friday that Terry Kuo was charged with conspiracy, theft, insurance fraud and forgery. Fifteen other people also face charges in what prosecutors allege Kuo called his "plastic army."
Former Kings executive pleads guilty to defrauding team
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former top Sacramento Kings executive has pleaded guilty to siphoning $13.4 million from the team to buy Southern California beachfront properties, according to court records.
The records show former chief revenue officer Jeffrey David pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of wire fraud and identity theft. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced April 15.
Kansas man sentenced for using customers’ credit cards
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — The former owner of an Olathe barbecue restaurant was sentenced Wednesday to serve one year and one month in prison for using customers' credit cards to fund spending sprees.
Matthew Sander, former owner of Smokin' Joe's Bar-B-Q, pleaded guilty in November to seven counts of identity theft, four counts of theft and one count of criminal use of a credit card.
Woman accused of theft in Husker ticket scheme
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a woman stole credit card information to buy Nebraska football tickets and sell them online.
Lancaster County Court records say 32-year-old Ana Rivera is charged with one count of identity theft and two counts of theft by deception. Her attorney didn't immediately return a call Friday from The Associated Press. Rivera's next court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 14.
Mississippi man gets 3 years for stealing veteran’s ID
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been sentenced to three years in prison for stealing the identity of a U.S. military veteran and using it to get more than $130,000 in benefits.
News outlets reported Senior U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee on Thursday also ordered 56-year-old Tierun Bush of Jackson to pay full restitution to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst says Bush was convicted of aggravated identity theft and theft of government funds and property.
Ex-Romanian official pleads guilty to US credit card thefts
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A former Romanian official who's a naturalized U.S. citizen has been sentenced for breaking into gym lockers to steal credit cards to support his addiction to opioids, New York authorities said Wednesday.
The Erie County District Attorney's Office said George Piha, 51, a former deputy mayor in Romania who lived in New York City, was sentenced Tuesday to two to six years in prison.
3 members of Vegas family plead guilty in tax-refunds case
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Three Las Vegas family members have pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal more than $2 million in tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service.
Chanh V. Trinh, Cannedy Trinh and Elizabeth Trinh each pleaded guilty this week to one count of conspiring to defraud the United States by fraudulently obtaining the payment of income tax refunds and Chanh Trinh also pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft involving the use of his deceased brother's identity.
Woman faces up to 80 years for health fraud while imprisoned
DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas-area woman serving time for health care fraud faces up to 80 more years behind bars after prosecutors say she ran another scam while imprisoned to help pay her legal bills.
Alexis C. Norman of Midlothian in 2015 pleaded guilty in an identity theft and Medicaid billing scheme. She was sentenced to 105 months.
Virginia man admits to pretending to be doctor
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to posing as a doctor and treating patients.
The Virginian-Pilot reports 31-year-old Vishal Patel admitted to providing false information in a Drug Enforcement Administration record and aggravated identity theft Monday.
Espionage, ID theft? Myriad risks from stolen Marriott data
NEW YORK (AP) — The data stolen from the Marriott hotel empire in a massive breach is so rich and specific it could be used for espionage, identity theft, reputational attacks and even home burglaries, security experts say.
Hackers stole data on as many as 500 million guests of former Starwood chain properties over four years including credit card and passport numbers, birthdates, phone numbers and hotel arrival and departure dates.
Woman pleads not guilty in theft of $150K from employer
BEND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing her of stealing at least $150,000 over three years from a Bend firm that designs and builds golf courses.
KTVZ-TV reports 39-year-old Katrina Kennedy Cannon entered her plea to 16 counts of identity theft and money laundering during her appearance in Deschutes County Circuit Court on Monday.
Man pleads not guilty to stealing Ohio man’s identity
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland, Oregon, man accused of stealing an Ohio man's identity and trying to use it to take over the lease of a luxury car has pleaded not guilty to identity theft.
KATU-TV reports 40-year-old Kenneth Colvin entered the not guilty pleas Friday to 14 counts of the crime.
Prosecutors: Man defrauded investment customers of millions
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who operated a long-running scheme to defraud investment clients out of millions of dollars has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison.
Scott Newsholme received a 102-month sentence Tuesday. The 43-year-old Farmingdale man had pleaded guilty in April to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and preparing fraudulent tax returns.
Missouri sheriff pleads guilty to cellphone tracking charges
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The sheriff of a rural southeast Missouri county pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges for using the cellphones of a judge, other law officers and others to track their whereabouts.
Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson admitted to wire fraud and identity theft and agreed to resign by Saturday as part of a plea deal. Federal prosecutors agreed to dismiss 26 other counts.
Financial adviser pleads guilty to cheating clients of $3M
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts investment adviser has pleaded guilty to defrauding her clients of more than $3 million and using the money for vacations, luxury vehicles and other personal expenses.
Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old Kimberly Kitts, of Orleans, pleaded guilty Monday to investment adviser fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Sentencing was scheduled for March 20.
Former IRS employee in Georgia sentenced for identity theft
ATLANTA (AP) — A former employee for the Internal Revenue Service in Atlanta has been sentenced to two years in prison after she pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft.
The U.S. Justice Department said in a news release that Stephanie Parker worked as a contact representative between September 2012 and March 2013.
Prosecutors say on at least five occasions, Parker obtained taxpayers' Social Security numbers and addresses and used the information to file fraudulent tax returns.
Man gets prison time for conspiracy to commit identity theft
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man who fraudulently leased multiple properties and failed to pay the rent has been sentenced to five years in prison.
The Denver Post reports William Schwab, of Adams County, was sentenced Tuesday. The Adams County district attorney's office says Schwab pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to commit identity theft.
Feds: 6 received jobless benefits through fraud scheme
CHICAGO (AP) — Six suburban Chicago residents are accused of taking part in a scheme to obtain Illinois unemployment benefits using the personal information of a health care firm's patients.
Federal prosecutors say from November 2013 to December 2015, the defendants filed claims seeking $5 million in unemployment benefit claims, with the state issuing benefits of $1 million.
Inmate, others charged in prison fraud scheme
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state inmate is among those charged with conning another inmate's family into paying a fake law firm to work on his case.
The Alabama Department of Corrections announced the charges Friday.
The department said the suspects are accused of using fake identities to lure an inmate's family into paying a fictitious law firm.
2 southern Arizona women indicted in elder care fraud scheme
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Two women in southern Arizona have been indicted by a federal grand jury in an elder care fraud scheme.
Prosecutors say 59-year-old Margaret Arlene Gastelum of San Manuel and 36-year-old Mona Lisa Rodriguez of Tucson are charged in a 72-count indictment.
They're facing bank fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy and scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 16.
Manafort’s former son-in-law charged with new fraud schemes
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Manafort's former son-in-law appeared in court Wednesday on charges that he pulled a series of fraud schemes while awaiting sentencing in federal court for similar crimes.
Jeffrey Craig Yohai, 36, was charged with identity theft and conspiring to commit wire fraud involving a $6 million investment scheme and floating $500,000 in fraudulent checks.
Leader in Illinois tax fraud sentenced to over 8 years
CHICAGO (AP) — A fifth and final defendant charged in an Illinois tax-fraud scheme has been sentenced to more than eight years behind bars.
A Tuesday statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Springfield says 44-year-old Clifton "Ty" Robinson was sentenced for fraud and aggravated identity theft convictions.
Prosecutors say Robinson, of Chicago, was the leader of the scheme that claimed more than $1.8 million in refunds from false tax returns.
Ohio woman sent to prison for college loan scheme
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman has been sentenced to nearly seven years in federal prison for her role in what authorities say was a $1.8 million college financial aid scheme that involved enrolling inmates and people whose identities had been stolen at an Arizona community college.
Police: Man trying to buy smartphones claims to be informant
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say a man charged over the weekend with trying to fraudulently buy more than $23,000 worth of cellphones and other electronics falsely claimed to be an informant for the New York City police.
Worker charged with illegally downloading personal data
CHICAGO (AP) — A former contract worker for the Chicago Public Schools has been charged with illegally downloading employees' personal data.
Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Tom Simpson says Kristi Sims of Hickory Hills conducted background checks on district employees. She had access to the personal information of thousands of CPS employees, contractors and vendors.
Sims was arrested Thursday. Officials say they learned of the breach Wednesday. The data was allegedly stolen Tuesday.
2 charged in scheme to skim thousands of credit card numbers
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Prosecutors say two men have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Rhode Island on charges they stole thousands of credit card numbers and personal identifying information.
Kansas man pleads guilty to using customers’ credit cards
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — The longtime owner of a barbecue restaurant pleaded guilty to using customers' credit cards to fund spending sprees.
Matthew Sander, owner of Smokin' Joe's Bar-B-Q in Olathe, pleaded guilty Thursday to seven counts of identity theft, four counts of theft and one count of criminal use of a credit card.
Mother of 4 gets 3 years in prison for identity theft
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut mother of four who prosecutors say stole more than $70,000 from more than a dozen people in a series of identity thefts has been sentenced to three years in prison.
Thirty-seven-year-old Leshanda Long, of New Haven, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Hartford. She pleaded guilty last year to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Mother of 4 to be sentenced for identity theft
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut mother of four who prosecutors say stole more than $70,000 from more than a dozen people in a series of identity thefts is scheduled to be sentenced.
Thirty-seven-year-old Leshanda Long, of New Haven, is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in federal court in Hartford. She pleaded guilty last year to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Authorities: Mexican man illegally voted in Texas for years
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An official says a Mexican national who has been living in the San Antonio area for decades under a stolen identity voted regularly during that time, including in the 2016 election.
Sixty-three-year-old Enrique Salazar Ortiz pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges including unlawful voting and aggravated identity theft.