4 accused of ID theft plot with 125 victims

Erica Blake reports:

As part of their employment with various Toledo-area businesses, Robert L. Taylor, Adam R. Shank, and Dominique L. Lawson had access to clients’ names, birthdates, and Social Security numbers, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

But instead of keeping the information confidential, the three allegedly sold the identities – more than 125 of them – to another man, Robert Hines.

Known as Snake, Hines is accused of using the information to open credit accounts and rack up thousands of dollars in purchases and services.


According to the indictment, Ms. Lawson was employed at a physician’s office in Toledo. She is accused of taking the personal information from patient records for 11 individuals at some point during November and December of 2007 and providing it to Hines.

During the same period, Mr. Shank was working at a cell phone kiosk at Westfield Franklin Park, the indictment stated. He is accused of obtaining information for about 100 people from client records and forwarding that information to Hines.

Mr. Taylor was employed as an insurance agent at northwest Ohio insurance agencies and is accused of providing Hines with personal information from about 15 clients during November and December of 2007, according to the indictment.

Read more in the Toledo Blade.

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