Bits ‘n Pieces

In the justice system:

  • Yomi Jagunna, one of 8 people arrested last year as part of a New Jersey ring, pleaded guilty for his part in setting up a phony collection agency to obtain access to commercial databases where they obtained Social Security numbers and info. Jagunna pleaded guilty to selling 39 SSN, but prosecutors say that the ring accessed 100,000 SSN and transferred victims’ funds to banks in at least seven countries. More.
  • Thieves ripped off hundreds of New Yorkers by rigging ATMs of Sovereign Bank to steal account and password information from bank customers. The crew stole more than $500,000 from more than 250 victims. More.
  • The RCMP Greater Toronto Area Commercial Crime Section charged Vanessa Bartholomew, a former employee of Human Resources Skills Development Canada after finding irregularities in over 200 SIN, some of which were subsequently involved in fraudulent use. More.
  • Paul Simmons, who allegedly stored hundreds of real and forged documents in a self-storage unit in Denver, returns to court this month to face charges of identity theft, forgery and theft of medical records. More.
  • Lamos Wayne Sturgis was sentenced to 34 months in prison, three years of supervised release and $17,389 in restitution for Identification Document Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft. More.
  • Police detained Wang Zhengrong, a former Hunan Province official, after allegations that he helped his daughter enter a university by stealing the identity of her classmate, Luo Caixia. More.
  • The federal prosecutor for Middle Tennessee is reviewing 12 pending identity theft cases — some involving suspected illegal workers — in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week. More.

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