Latest Identity theft News

Former head of drainage district and wife convicted of fraud

May. 20, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The former commissioner of an East King County drainage district and his wife were convicted Thursday in federal court on charges that they stole tax dollars intended for flood control. A jury found Allan and Joann Thomas guilty of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud...

US Attorney: Fake doctor pleads guilty in $1.3M romance scam

May. 19, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to defrauding more than 30 women of more than $1.3 million by pretending to be a doctor on online dating services, a U.S. attorney said Thursday. Brian Brainard Wedgeworth, 46, who formerly lived in the Florida capital city...

Man pleads guilty to stealing $1.8M from Maryland company

May. 07, 2022 11:34 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to the theft of more than $1.8 million from the Maryland company where he worked, according to a federal prosecutor. Duane G. Larmore, 47, of Salisbury, Maryland, pleaded guilty on Friday to wire fraud conspiracy and to aggravated identity...

Man indicted for forging deeds to steal N. Carolina property

May. 05, 2022 13:37 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A Georgia man has been indicted on charges that he used the identities of seven North Carolina residents to forge deeds and have their property fraudulently transferred to him, officials said. The Winston-Salem Journal reported Isaiah Robert Louise...

Ex-Nigerian official pleads guilty to pandemic relief fraud

May. 03, 2022 21:32 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A former Nigerian government official arrested in connection with massive fraud against Washington state’s pandemic relief efforts plead guilty Tuesday in federal court, prosecutors said. Abidemi Rufai, 45, of Lekki, Nigeria, acknowledged in U.S. District...

Former state worker gets prison time for unemployment fraud

Apr. 29, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former employee of the Massachusetts agency that oversees unemployment insurance benefits has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years behind bars for using her job to fraudulently apply for federal COVID-19 relief funds through stolen identities and manipulated records. ...

Man gets 2 years for using twin's ID for veterans benefits

Apr. 26, 2022 14:36 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced Tuesday to two years in federal prison for using his twin brother's stolen identity to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in military veterans benefits. Wayne Bowen, 64, was sentenced in Jacksonville federal court, according to...

Man pleads guilty to scheme targeting Congolese immigrants

Mar. 31, 2022 18:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man pleaded guilty Thursday to a tax scheme targeting Congolese immigrants in greater Boston. Federal prosecutors said Boris Shadari, 46, of Swampscott, fraudulently posed as a tax professional and falsely inflated the federal income tax refunds of his...

Alleged checkbook thief caught after writing herself a check

Mar. 29, 2022 19:02 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a South Dakota woman accused of stealing a checkbook was caught after writing out a check to herself and cashing it. Sioux Falls police say a man went to the bank to close out the account after the checkbook was taken from an unlocked...

2 plead guilty in ride-hailing fake driver account scheme

Mar. 24, 2022 09:37 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two men have pleaded guilty to their roles in what federal prosecutors say was a nationwide scheme that used stolen identities to fool ride-hailing and delivery service companies into hiring unqualified drivers. Edvaldo Rocha Cabral, 42, of Lowell, Massachusetts, and...