Latest Identity theft News

Chicago woman charged with fraud in death certificate scheme

Sep. 17, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman has been charged with obtaining dozens of young homicide victims' death certificates and using them to defraud the government out of thousands of dollars in tax refunds and coronavirus stimulus payments. Katrina Pierce faces federal...

Man sentenced to 2 years in prison for using brother's ID

Sep. 17, 2021 08:06 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A 74-year-old man was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday for using his missing brother’s identity to collect up to $500,000 in Social Security disability payments, but officials still don't know what happened to the brother, last seen in 1988. ...

2 charged with using drone to fly drugs into California jail

Sep. 16, 2021 21:29 PM EDT

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — A man living under a stolen identity and a female inmate have been charged with using a drone to smuggle drugs into a Southern California jail, prosecutors said Thursday. The drone is suspected of carrying heroin, methamphetamine, Xanax and muscle...

Man sentenced for using stolen ID to vote, get benefits

Sep. 14, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 72-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday for using a stolen identity to vote and obtain public services for more than a decade. Eric Nyembe Casey, who is originally from South Africa, was sentenced to six months in prison and six months of house arrest...

4th person accused of stealing IDs from Surfside victims

Sep. 10, 2021 09:31 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A fourth person has been accused of stealing the identities of victims in the South Florida condominium collapse that killed 98 people, officials said. Nelson Ronaldo Garcia-Medina, 20, was arrested Wednesday, but his name was not included when Miami-Dade...

Officials: 3 arrests made in condo collapse victim ID thefts

Sep. 08, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Three people have been arrested for stealing the identities of some victims in June's deadly South Florida condominium building collapse, prosecutors announced Wednesday. Betsy Alexandra Cacho Medina, 30, Rodney Choute, 38, and Kimberly Michelle Johnson,...

Former state worker pleads guilty to unemployment fraud

Aug. 31, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former employee of the Massachusetts state agency that oversees unemployment insurance benefits has pleaded guilty to using her position to fraudulently try to obtain federal COVID-19 relief funds for herself and her husband, federal prosecutors said. ...

Former postal clerk pleads guilty in ID theft scheme

Aug. 26, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida postal clerk pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing mail and passport applications as part of an identify theft scheme. Jasmine Wynne, 31, of Ruskin, pleaded guilty in Tampa federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud,...

2 men charged in scheme to obtain fraudulent SBA loans

Aug. 23, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal authorities announced Monday that men from Massachusetts and New Hampshire have been charged in connection with their alleged roles in a scheme that used stolen identities to fraudulently obtain more than $450,000 in disaster loans from the Small Business...

Police: Man test-driving SUV with salesman rear-ends truck

Aug. 13, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

HOBART, Ind. (AP) — A man is accused of driving more than 100 mph (160 kph) while test-driving a SUV — with an auto salesman next to him in the vehicle — before slamming into a semitrailer on a northwestern Indiana highway. LeDarien Gregory was charged Friday with...