Identity Thieves Make Play for Mike's Money

Crooks attempt $430K swipe from NYC mayor
By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted Oct 3, 2007 2:56 AM CDT
Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg looks at a City of London police helmet presented to him during his visit to the City of London police headquarters, London, Monday, Oct. 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Well, who wouldn't want to be Michael Bloomberg? The billionaire mayor is the latest casualty of the country's losing war on identity theft, reports the New York Times. Using information from Bloomberg's personal Bank of America account, two men attempted separately to steal a total of $430,000 from the affable mogul-turned-mayor.

Bank officials foiled the first attempt—to deposit $420,000 in forged checks—and reported it to authorities. A second man was nabbed as a result of that investigation and charged with stealing $10,000 by transferring funds from the mayor's account. The two could each face up to 7 years in prison. But now the real fun begins: trying to determine how they got Bloomberg's account information in the first place.