Jul 212014

Brian Krebs reports:

Financial institutions across the country report that they are tracking what appears to be a series of credit card breaches involving Goodwill locations nationwide. For its part, Goodwill Industries International Inc. says it is working with federal authorities on an investigation into these reports.


In a statement sent to KrebsOnSecurity, Goodwill industries said it first learned about a possible incident last Friday, July 18. The organization said it has not yet confirmed a breach, but that it is working with federal authorities on an investigation into the matter.

Read more on KrebsonSecurity.com.

Jul 182014

Sarah Maslin reports:

Janice M. Nieman stole the identities of more people than could fit in Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Glenn Yamahiro’s courtroom on Friday.

The total: 848, the largest number of victims in a single defendant case in Milwaukee County history.

For embezzling more than $1 million from Wheaton Franciscan Services, a not-for-profit health services organization where she was a payroll specialist, Nieman will serve seven years in prison, according to a sentence imposed Friday by Yamahiro.

Read more on Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

Jul 182014

More details on this breach:

The Oakland Unified School District abandoned its dilapidated headquarters in January 2013 after a janitor left a faucet on overnight and flooded the building. Educators departed and the homeless moved in, but no one bothered to remove or secure records that were scattered throughout the building.

The folly of that oversight became apparent this month when district officials revealed that five employees have been victims of identity theft and notified all employees (pdf) that their personal information may have been compromised.

Read more on AllGov.

Jul 182014

Karla A. Wilkerson, 26, of Miami, pled guilty yesterday to one count of possession of fifteen or more access devices, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(3), and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A. Sentencing is scheduled for October 10, 2014. At sentencing, the defendant faces up to ten years in prison for the access device charge, and a mandatory term of two years in prison, consecutive to any other term in prison, for the aggravated identity theft charge.

According to court documents, in April 2013, law enforcement executed a search warrant on a residence associated with Wilkerson and found a variety of papers reflecting the personal identifying information (PII) — including names and social security numbers — of approximately 62 individuals, together with hand-written notations regarding the filing of fraudulent tax returns. The seized documents were processed for latent fingerprints. Approximately 156 latent fingerprints throughout the pages reflecting the PII of other individuals were positively matched as Wilkerson’s fingerprints. Additional investigation reflected fraudulent tax returns were filed using many of those 62 social security numbers. In total, Wilkerson is responsible for filing fraudulent tax returns in the amount of $118,522; however, not all of this money was paid by the Internal Revenue Service.

Court documents also state that when Wilkerson was arrested on May 29, 2014, she admitted she had filed fraudulent tax returns using other individuals’ names and social security numbers, which had been stolen from various places. She further admitted the 62 unique pieces of PII discovered in the residence belonged to her.

SOURCE: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida

Jul 162014

Matt Elofson reports:

A jury convicted a Dothan woman Wednesday afternoon of seven felony charges in connection to a conspiracy to defraud the government through identity theft and the filing of false tax returns.


According to evidence from the trial, Macena provided stolen identities to Ivory Bolen, also of Dothan, who used the identities to file false tax returns that fraudulently requested refunds from the government.

Bolen attempted to have the refunds deposited onto prepaid debit cards, which were to be mailed to addresses controlled by Bolen and Macena.

The statement also said trial evidence revealed Macena obtained the identities from Roderick Neal, a former Dothan bail bondsman, who had access to the personal information of individuals who had been detained at the Dothan City Jail.

Read more on Dothan Eagle.

Jul 152014

John Annese reports:

A scam investigation at the borough’s Target stores led police to find a gun, ammo and a sophisticated set of credit card-forging equipment inside a suspect’s New Springville apartment, authorities allege.

Police found the items inside the home of Sung Lee, 32, on the 400 block of Klondike Avenue, according to court papers.

Lee had several devices to print, emboss and encode credit cards, a skimming device designed to read information off of credit and debit cards, more than 170 credit card blanks, 53 cards encoded with various people’s person information, and a magnetic store key that can open display cases, court papers allege.

Read more on SILive.com