Latest Identity theft News

Audit: Colorado paid $73 million in bogus unemployment aid

Dec. 06, 2021 17:45 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A state audit has found that Colorado likely or potentially paid $73.1 million in fraudulent unemployment claims during the coronavirus pandemic's first year, including $3.9 million on behalf of dead people and $5 million on behalf of people who were unqualified because they were...

Georgia inmate sentenced in fraud scheme run from prison

Dec. 05, 2021 11:50 AM EST

ROME, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia inmate will spend additional time behind bars after prosecutors say he used a cell phone from prison to try to steal millions of dollars worth of heavy equipment. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta said Wednesday that Damon Thomas Young was...

Maryland man pleads guilty to bank fraud conspiracy

Dec. 03, 2021 08:40 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland man has pleaded guilty to his role in a bid to victimize businesses and cause losses totaling more than $4 million through a stolen check scheme. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Maryland says in a news release that Oyekanmi Oworu, 35, of...

Former middle school principal found dead in Minnesota jail

Nov. 24, 2021 10:18 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former middle school principal serving a prison sentence was found dead in a Minnesota jail on Saturday, according to the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office. Christopher Jerome Endicott, 53, had previously been sentenced to prison for identity theft,...

Man gets 5 years in MBTA commuter rail pass scam

Nov. 20, 2021 15:20 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man who bought more than $150,000 worth of commuter rail passes using stolen credit card information, and then sold the passes at below face value, has been sentenced to five years in prison. Kokou Kuakumensah, 31, of Worcester, used other...

Donor to Lt. Gov. Benjamin accused of illegal contributions

Nov. 19, 2021 15:26 PM EST

A real estate developer has been indicted on federal charges that he orchestrated illegal campaign contributions that helped Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin receive public election financing during the Democrat's losing bid to be elected New York City comptroller. Gerald Migdol...

2 Seattleites charged with stealing $1M in jobless benefits

Nov. 12, 2021 10:21 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Two Seattle residents are charged with allegedly stealing over $1 million in jobless benefits and small business loans during the coronavirus pandemic. The Seattle Times reports Bryan Sparks and Autumn Luna were charged Wednesday with stealing at least...

Scam alert: Letters claim recipient is identity theft victim

Nov. 08, 2021 17:03 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire officials warned residents on Monday about reports of scammers sending out a fraudulent letter that appears to be from the attorney general’s office and claims that the recipient's identity has been used by someone to buy products online. ...

Rhode Island man charged with pandemic unemployment fraud

Nov. 05, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Rhode Island man authorities say used the stolen identities of others to obtain more than $450,000 in COVID-19-related unemployment assistance has been arrested, federal prosecutors said. Dquintz Alexander, 34, of Cranston, was arrested Thursday in...

3 plead not guilty to defrauding banks in Beulah, Glen Ullin

Nov. 05, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A former bank president, his father and other man have pleaded not guilty to federal charges that accuse them of attempting to defraud banks in Beulah and Glen Ullin. Thirty-four-year-old Brady Torgerson is charged with bank fraud, misapplication...