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'Slick' Pair Found a Way to Rob Rich Celebrities: LAPD

Benjamin Ackerman and Jason Emil Yaselli could serve over 31 years each

(Newser) - If this story's true, "slick" is really the word. Police say a Beverly Hills man and a real estate agent conspired to steal from high-end homes—including celebrities Usher and Adam Lambert—and spent the money partly on credit-card debt, the Los Angeles Times reports. Benjamin Eitan Ackerman... More »

80 Charged in Massive Love Scam Run Out of LA

Man named Valentine, another Nigerian citizen are accused masterminds of scheme out of California

(Newser) - The feds say elderly women and businesses were the perpetrators' targets, and that they managed to squeeze at least $6 million out of their victims in what prosecutors are calling "one of the largest cases of its kind in US history." CNN reports on the arrests Thursday of... More »

AG: Fake Pharmacist Doled Out 750K Prescriptions

For over 10 years, Kim Thien Le worked as Bay Area pharmacist without license: Xavier Becerra

(Newser) - For more than 10 years, Kim Thien Le handed out scads of prescriptions as a pharmacist at a handful of Walgreens stores in the Bay Area—nearly 750,000 scripts when all was said and done, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra noted Tuesday. The problem, per the AG's statement:... More »

FEMA Struck by a 'Major Privacy Incident'

Agency disclosed sensitive data of more than 2M disaster survivors, per DHS IG report

(Newser) - Survivors may still be picking up the pieces after the natural disasters that have swept across the country over the past couple of years, and now they have a new issue to contend with: the possibility of identity theft thanks to what the Federal Emergency Management Agency is calling a... More »

Parents Stole Kids' Identities, Racked Up Debt, Police Say

The mom and dad are in jail

(Newser) - New York State Police say a couple racked up nearly $10,000 in unpaid utility bills and credit card debts using the man's son's name, destroying his credit rating, the AP reports. Authorities say 44-year-old Thomas Cash and his wife, 39-year-old Alisha Cash, were arrested in Madison County,... More »

America's Oldest Man Robbed of His Savings

Thieves stole Richard Overton's identity and broke into his bank account

(Newser) - Richard Overton is something of a celebrity in Austin, Texas, because the 112-year-old WWII veteran is the oldest living man in America. He now has a new distinction: the oldest American to be robbed of his savings, reports Newsweek . Family members recently learned that an unidentified thief used Overton's... More »

Answers in One Mystery Lead to More Questions

Could Robert Ivan Nichols be the Zodiac Killer?

(Newser) - What appeared to be a straightforward suicide case morphed into what's been called "one of northeast Ohio's biggest mysteries," involving a long-dead boy, identity theft, and a war hero turned deadbeat dad. Now, per the Plain Dealer , the cold case has been (somewhat) solved, largely thanks... More »

Someone Stole Her ID. She Went to Jail for 49 Days

Joy Morales is suing over her false imprisonment in New Mexico

(Newser) - A New Mexico woman wrongly jailed for weeks in two states after someone stole her identity is suing a New Mexico county and a city that ignored her pleas that they had the wrong person, reports the AP . The Hobbs News-Sun reports lawyers for Joy Morales recently filed a lawsuit... More »

Man Who Vanished in 1993 Must Pay Family He Left $2M

Judge orders Richard Hoagland to pay back child support, with plenty of interest

(Newser) - Matthew Hoagland turned 35 a few weeks ago, but when his father went up to him to say happy birthday, "I told him this was not the time or the place," Matthew says. The place was an Indiana court, where Richard Hoagland had to appear for a hearing... More »

Their Info Was in ICE's Hands. Bigwig Is Accused of Stealing It

Raphael Sanchez, chief counsel for Seattle's ICE office, has been indicted

(Newser) - The lead attorney for Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Seattle office abruptly resigned Monday, with an indictment charging him with wire fraud and identity theft handed down the same day. The identities Raphael A. Sanchez is accused of stealing, per BuzzFeed : those of seven immigrants whose cases the agency was... More »

Kevin Barnaby's Credit Stinks. He's 4 Years Old

BuzzFeed looks at the hazy and thorny issue of child identity theft

(Newser) - Like a lot of Americans, Kevin Barnaby Jr.'s credit is messed up. The difference in his case is that he's a 4-year-old with two Capital One credit card accounts. Writing for BuzzFeed , Leticia Miranda uses his story as a launchpad from which to dive into the hazy... More »

Cops: Unpaid Waffle House Bill Exposed ID Theft Ring

Suspects skipped out on $7 bill

(Newser) - Police in Louisiana have uncovered a sophisticated, Los Angeles-based identity theft ring, thanks to two men who skipped out on their $7 Waffle House bill, authorities say. Waffle House employees called police Saturday, saying two men had stiffed the restaurant and driven away in a U-Haul van. Investigators were still... More »

Identity Theft, Fraud Worst in This State

Sorry, Californians

(Newser) - Given the recent Equifax security breach —alongside a 630% increase in data breaches in the past year, according to one report —identity theft is bound to be a concern for many Americans. But it turns out the state you call home has a lot to do with your... More »

He Died in 1972, Turned Up Alive and Well on Ancestry.com

Police investigating identity theft case in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - In 1996, prosecutors say a young man escaped a halfway house in Texas, went to a cemetery, picked the name of a person born close to his birth date, tracked down that person's birth certificate, and began a second life as Nathan Laskoski. The ruse worked spectacularly for two... More »

It Felt Like Identity Theft, but Turned Out to Be Far From It

For years Lisa Davis was sure she was the victim of identity theft

(Newser) - Lisa Selin Davis has spent nearly 20 years paying someone else's fines—issued to a New Yorker with the same name and birthday who was being cited for all sorts of things she herself never had done, small infractions like using her phone behind the wheel and walking in... More »

Cops: Man Busted in Decades-Long Secret Life That Fooled His Wife

Richard Hoagland arrested thanks to search on Ancestry.com

(Newser) - When Richard Hoagland fled Indiana in 1993, leaving behind four children from two families, he was considered missing and in 2003 declared dead. In reality, police say he was alive and well, living in Florida as Terry Jude Symansky, an unmarried Florida fisherman with no kids who drowned in 1991—... More »

The Grown Woman Who Joined a School Cheer Team

Wendy Brown stole her daughter's identity to realize a long-lost dream

(Newser) - The Atlantic sat down with a woman who, at the age of 33, stole her daughter's identity in order to live out her fantasy of being a high-school cheerleader. Wendy Brown's story made headlines back in 2008; now she explains what she was thinking when she walked into... More »

Student Impostor Now Faces Sex Charges

Plus, more on how Artur Samarin fooled officials

(Newser) - The 23-year-old Ukrainian man accused of posing as a Pennsylvania high school student had sexual relationships with female students, including a 15-year-old in 2014, police say. Artur Samarin, who went by Asher Potts, now faces additional charges of statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors. Meanwhile, new details are emerging... More »

Penn. Cops: Star Student Turns Out to Be Impostor

'Teen' is really a 23-year-old Ukrainian national, they allege

(Newser) - Asher Potts, 18, was a star student at Pennsylvania's Harrisburg High School: Among other things, he was a student rep with the school board, a candidate for local media's Best & Brightest program, a member of the ROTC and Naval Sea Cadet program, and runner-up for homecoming king,... More »

Here's Why You Should Freeze Your Credit Reports

It's the only way to stop criminals from opening new accounts in your name

(Newser) - Freeze your credit reports before you get burned. That's the message from security experts, consumer advocates, and some state attorneys general. They say more people should consider a credit freeze as a way to block identity thieves from opening new credit cards and other accounts in your name. They... More »

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