Category Archives: Identity Theft

September 9, 2016

5,300 Wells Fargo employees fired over 2 million phony accounts (Video)

Everyone hates paying bank fees. But imagine paying fees on a ghost account you didn’t even sign up for.

That’s exactly what happened to Wells Fargo customers nationwide.

On Thursday, federal regulators said Wells Fargo employees secretly created millions of unauthorized bank and credit card accounts — without their customers knowing it — since 2011.

The phony accounts earned the bank unwarranted fees and allowed Wells Fargo employees to boost their sales figures and make more money.

“Wells Fargo employees secretly opened unauthorized accounts to hit sales targets and receive bonuses,” Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said in a statement.

Wells Fargo confirmed to CNNMoney that it had fired 5,300 employees over the last few years related to the shady behavior. Employees went so far as to create phony PIN numbers and fake email addresses to enroll customers in online banking services, the CFPB said.


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September 1, 2016

Over 1 Million Social Security Numbers Stolen in the Last 5 Years (Video)

A new report found that IRS officials knew that more than 1 million Social Security numbers were stolen in the past five years, but the tax-collecting agency failed to notify the victims.

April 24, 2016

Massive police bust targets Fresno gang, mostly for financial & sex crimes (Video)

Prosecutors say the main crimes were financial: Prostitution, human trafficking, identity theft, and credit card fraud to the tune of more than $30,000 a week in profits for each of the leaders. The leaders were living the high life, but not off the drug trade.

A massive and mostly secretive operation has taken down one of Fresno’s most powerful gangs. More than 400 law enforcement officers served warrants Thursday in two states, but mostly here in the Central Valley.

Police chief Jerry Dyer says the southwest Fresno gang funded its violence with several leaders each banking more than $1.5 million a year from sex trafficking. The investigation to take them down started 15 months ago and at the time, he only let eight people know about it.

For a decade, Fresno police took a traditional approach to handling gangs in southwest Fresno: Occasional crackdowns to deal with outbursts of violence, and a focus on street crimes like drug sales. But it never got investigators to the head of one gang in particular. So 15 months ago, the approach changed.

“Today marks the culmination of the largest, most impactful gang operation in the history of the city of Fresno,” Dyer said Thursday.

The chief says the gang had 200 members. Police arrested 29 of them Thursday on charges including racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder. Wiretaps revealed the leadership and also may have prevented violence. Dyer says they caught plans for five shootings, but police intercepted the shooters.


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April 20, 2016

Rampant Fraud: Government Tax Agencies Overwhelmed By Identity Thieves (Video)

“It’s happening to every state around the country,” he said.

As tax day looms for American taxpayers on Monday, one state comptroller is struggling to figure out what to do with thousands of fraudulent tax returns submitted by identity thieves.

“I have 50,000 fraudulent returns sitting on my desk. I have no subpoena power. I have no investigatory powers as far as those fraudulent returns,” Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot told WBAL Radio last week.

Maryland is not the only state tackling fraudulent returns.


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April 13, 2016

IRS chief: Agency encourages illegal immigrant theft of SSNs to file tax returns

The IRS is struggling to ensure that illegal immigrants are able to illegally use Social Security numbers for legitimate purposes, the agency’s head told senators on Tuesday, without allowing the numbers to be used for “bad” reasons.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen made the statement in response to a question from Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., during a session of the Senate Finance Committee about why the IRS appears to be collaborating with taxpayers who file tax returns using fraudulent information. Coats said that his staff had discovered the practice after looking into agency procedures.

“What we learned is that … the IRS continues to process tax returns with false W-2 information and issue refunds as if they were routine tax returns, and say that’s not really our job,” Coats said. “We also learned the IRS ignores notifications from the Social Security Administration that a name does not match a Social Security number, and you use your own system to determine whether a number is valid.”

Asked to explain those practices, Koskinen replied, “What happens in these situations is someone is using a Social Security number to get a job, but they’re filing their tax return with their [taxpayer identification number].” What that means, he said, is that “they are undocumented aliens … . They’re paying taxes. It’s in everybody’s interest to have them pay the taxes they owe.”


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October 31, 2015

Police Arrest Mexican Immigrant for Stealing Hundreds of Americans’ IDs

Texas police are holding Mexican immigrant Rodrigo Rodriguez, after multiple law enforcement agencies tracked him down and a search of his apartment revealed “141 Social Security cards, 110 birth certificates, 18 Texas ID cards, 11 Texas driver’s license, 3 tampered birth certificates, 1 marriage license and 1 Mexico ID card,” according to

“Police also found tools including a magnifying glass, scalpels, razor blades and erasers,” continued “They said they believe the tools were used to change information on social security cards. They also found more than $8,000 in cash.”

Rodriguez planned to alter the cards, police said. They’re searching for a second suspect who may have helped Rodriguez burglarize victims’ cars.

Immigrants from countries such as Mexico often engage in rampant, aggressive identity theft. In an exhaustive report, the non-partisan Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) documented how immigrants, particularly “undocumented” illegal aliens, commit multiple felonies while forging documents, tax forms, and stealing Americans’ identities.


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April 25, 2015

Massive driver’s license fraud uncovered at local DMV (Video)

“Clearly, the federal immigration system is broken, and that leaves state and local officials holding the bag, so to speak,” Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said when he was asked if the driver’s licenses were for people in the country illegally.

A driver’s license examiner is accused of taking bribes to make driver’s licenses for people who could not legally obtain them.

Johnson County investigators said Samantha Moore, 28, worked at the license office in Mission. She is accused of taking $2,500 each to make licenses for dozens of people.

“That was the purpose of this conspiracy — to allow people who would not be able to get a driver’s license to obtain one,” Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said.

Moore is in the Johnson County Jail and faces 51 felonies. Howe said the scheme has impacted the entire region.


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March 4, 2015

Illegal alien sentenced to federal prison for voting

Hernandez-Labra also admitted harboring and encouraging an illegal alien to reside unlawfully in the Untied States by providing a job and home and by not reporting the illegal individual to immigration authorities.

An illegal alien living in Hampton who assumed the identity of a U.S. citizen was sentenced Tuesday to more than four years in federal prison.

Abel Hernandez-Labra, 44, illegally obtained a U.,S. passport and voted in the 2012 presidential election. He pleaded guilty in November 2014 to one count of making false statements in a passport application, one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of making a false claim of U.S. citizenship to register to vote and one count of harboring an illegal alien.

In a plea agreement, Hernandez-Labra admitted he was a Mexican citizen who illegally entered the United States. He purchased a birth certificate and Social Security number of an American citizen born in Puerto Rico and assumed that identity. Falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen, he used those documents to obtain Iowa driver’s licenses which he in turn used to apply for and fraudulently obtain a U.S. passport in 2008 and to unlawfully register and vote in the 2012 federal election.


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January 28, 2015

California DMV Ordered to Overlook Identity Theft by Illegals (Video)

Illegal aliens may enjoy a free pass on identity theft due to a new investigative policy at California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

The policy, issued last year and effective as of Jan. 1, 2015, directs DMV investigators to overlook identity theft by applicants “who may have attempted to obtain or been issued a license or ID card previously through submission of false information.”

A DMV source who asked to remain anonymous provided Breitbart News exclusively with a copy of the newly-enacted internal policy memorandum. The document informs DMV investigative officers that past identity theft is acceptable when the illegally-acquired IDs were only used to obtain a driver license, and where the license or ID was not used to commit any other crime.

It is unclear how investigators are meant to determine whether a falsely obtained driver license or ID was used solely for driving, or also to commit other crimes, such as using a fraudulently-obtained driver license to open a bank account, to apply for a loan, or even to purchase alcohol.

The policy seems to expect applicants to admit voluntarily to using a fraudulent driver license or ID for purposes other than driving a motor vehicle, if they did so.


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August 10, 2014

Immigrant rights advocates want to bar certain identity theft prosecutions

The county attorney’s office, which prosecutes ID theft cases and is one of the targets of the lawsuit, declined comment.

Immigrant rights advocates challenging business raids by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office have asked a judge to bar officials from charging people with identity theft if they’re accused of using fake or stolen IDs to get jobs.

Lawyers who filed a lawsuit over employment-related identity theft cases by Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office and other law enforcement agencies argue in court papers filed Thursday that the state laws on the matter are trumped by federal law.

Arpaio aide Jack MacIntyre said the laws are valid and meant to battle the problem of identity theft.

“It appears they just don’t like this kind of enforcement,” MacIntyre said.


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