CA: Authorities investigate elaborate counterfeit, ID theft ring
Richard Halstead reports:
Authorities are investigating an elaborate counterfeiting operation involving stolen mail from throughout Marin County, credit card numbers of more than 200 people, counterfeit cash, fake checks, printers and laptop computers.
The operation came to light Aug. 27, when Novato police Officer Blake Dunbar checked up on a parolee whose name he recognized on a log as one of the guests at the Days Inn motel on Redwood Boulevard.
“I checked the registry for the hotel just to see who was there,” Dunbar said. “We do that from time to time.”[…]
He said the identities of several of the Marin mail theft victims were used to make fake checks that were cashed in Sonoma County. After the August arrests, police confiscated two more computers that were in the possession of one of the suspects. One of them is suspected to have been stolen from Loma Verde Elementary School during a 2009 break-in, Fahy said.
There was also mail stolen from an investment company that netted the suspects account information from more than 100 people, Fahy said.
Read more in the Marin Independent Journal.
I don’t recall any breach disclosure about an investment firm and stolen mail. Do you? I wonder if they even knew their mail had been stolen…