Latest Identity theft News

Bank employee sentenced for $750,000 in fraudulent loans

Jan. 15, 2022 10:25 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia bank worker has been sentenced to federal prison for using a stolen identity to take out more than $750,000 in fraudulent loans. A U.S. District Court judge ordered a 10-month prison sentence for Jason McMillan of Savannah after he pleaded...

Bail set for Italian man charged in unpublished books theft

Jan. 06, 2022 18:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An Italian citizen charged with stealing numerous unpublished book manuscripts pleaded not guilty Thursday and had bail set at $300,000 despite a prosecutor's attempt to keep him incarcerated until trial. Filippo Bernardini, 29, entered the plea in Manhattan federal...

Ex-New Mexico tax employee pleads guilty to money laundering

Jan. 06, 2022 00:25 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico Taxation and Revenue employee has pleaded guilty to wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering. Prosecutors said 45-year-old George Martinez of Albuquerque was indicted by a federal grand jury last March. They said...

Mystery solved? Man arrested in thefts of unpublished books

Jan. 05, 2022 21:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say they've solved a publishing industry whodunit with the arrest Wednesday of a man accused of numerous literary heists in recent years, allegedly impersonating others in the industry to amass a veritable library of unpublished works. Filippo...

Rhode Island man pleads guilty to pandemic relief fraud

Dec. 21, 2021 10:44 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy to file fraudulent applications for COVID-19 unemployment relief funds in multiple states using stolen Social Security numbers and other personal information, federal prosecutors said. ...

Agent admits to profiting nearly $2M from real estate scheme

Dec. 19, 2021 11:07 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts real estate agent has pleaded guilty to falsely marketing properties that were not for sale and pocketing nearly $2 million in deposit checks from potential buyers. Michael Flavin, 38, of Quincy, admitted to two counts of wire fraud and two counts of...

Ex-dentist arrested, accused of stealing $8M in COVID-relief

Dec. 17, 2021 16:08 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Department of Justice officials are accusing a former dentist from West Linn of defrauding the government out of nearly $8 million in money meant to help small businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Oregon,...

Ex-phone company worker in NC convicted in cellphone scheme

Dec. 11, 2021 12:02 PM EST

NEW BERN, N.. (AP) — A former telephone company worker has been convicted of using stolen personal information to sell expensive phones on the black market, according to government prosecutors. Alejandro Garlynn Williams, 40, was found guilty on Friday on 21 counts of conspiracy,...

Kentucky car dealer convicted in truck warranty fraud scheme

Dec. 09, 2021 18:29 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Kentucky used car dealer has been convicted by a federal jury in West Virginia in a truck warranty fraud scheme in which prosecutors said he bilked automaker Toyota Motor Corp. out of more than $4.3 million. James Pinson, 46, of Pritchard, West Virginia,...

Massachusetts man sentenced for COVID-relief fraud, ID theft

Dec. 09, 2021 09:26 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man who used stolen identities to fraudulently apply for pandemic-related unemployment benefits has been sentenced to more than three years in prison, federal prosecutors said. Wagner Sozi, 33, of Malden, was also ordered by a judge on Wednesday to pay...