Latest Identity theft News

California officials announce takedown of Aryan Brotherhood

Nov. 20, 2020 4:17 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California authorities said Friday they have dismantled the senior leadership of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood as part of a statewide takedown of the notorious prison gang and its associates in the Fresnecks street gang in Fresno County. The investigation — dubbed...

Officials: Rapist found in Florida after decades as fugitive

Nov. 5, 2020 4:30 PM EST

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A convicted rapist has been arrested in Florida more than 40 years after skipping out on his Connecticut prison sentence and assuming a stolen identity, authorities said. Douglas Bennett, 76, was arrested Wednesday at his Clearwater home and charged with passport fraud and...

Conviction and 10-year sentence upheld in payday loan scam

Nov. 3, 2020 12:15 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An appeals court on Tuesday upheld the conviction and 10-year sentence for a man who ran a $220 million predatory payday lending operation that cheated over a half-million people nationwide. The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan kept intact the 2018 sentencing of...

Tennessee man charged with Ponzi scheme in cancer study

Oct. 27, 2020 4:19 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man charged with running a Ponzi scheme in which he claimed he was conducting a study after curing himself of cancer through naturopathic methods, federal authorities said. According to U.S. Attorney Don Cochran's office, 75-year-old Howard L. Young of Nashville was...

Rapper who boasted about unemployment fraud scheme arrested

Oct. 16, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A Tennessee rapper who boasted in a music video about getting rich from committing unemployment fraud was arrested Friday in Los Angeles. Fontrell Antonio Baines, 31, was arrested on three felony counts of access device fraud, aggravated identity theft and interstate...

Tennessee man charged with impersonating defense attorneys

Oct. 16, 2020 4:24 AM EDT

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man was arrested and charged with impersonating defense attorneys and a nurse, authorities said. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said David Pell, of Sumner County, was charged with forgery, identity theft, impersonation of a licensed professional and other...

Man sentenced to 17 years stole identities of dead people

Oct. 2, 2020 2:22 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison for using the identities of dead people to take over credit card, savings and stock accounts and steal hundreds of thousands of dollars, prosecutors said. James Jackson, 58, was sentenced in Memphis federal...

Russian man sentenced for LinkedIn, Dropbox data breaches

Sep. 30, 2020 10:40 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Russian man convicted of hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring and stealing the personal information of more than 100 million customers was sentenced Wednesday to more than seven years in federal prison. Yevgeniy Nikulin, 32, received the 88-month sentence Tuesday in federal court...