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Bits ‘n Pieces

In the justice system: Former Army finance technician Reynaldo Jimenez pleaded guilty to charges arising out of his theft of identity information belonging to over 35 active duty United States military service members. More. Vickie Parks Sheppard pleaded guilty to conspiracy to fraudulently obtain identity and financial information from more than 50 victims by...

Ore. ID thief gets 13 years prison

I usually cover arrests and convictions in Bits ‘n Pieces entries, but an Associated Press story on the sentencing of Stephen Rowell for mail/identity theft has some unusual details, apparently including the fact that Rowell has written songs about the fun of being an ID thief. Rowell was sentenced to 13 years in prison,...

KS: Confidential Paperwork Found In Apartment Dumpster

Kim Wilhelm of KWCH12 reports that “boxes and boxes” of unshredded confidential personal and financial information from apartment rental applications were found in a dumpster behind Madison Park Apartments in Wichita. Now if this had happened in Texas, the state might do something and even fine the company, but I wonder what, if anything,...

FL: SunTrust Banks first replacing cards due to Heartland breach

WESH reports that SunTrust Banks sent out letters this week to customers informing them that their cards were being replaced due to the Heartland breach. WESH’s reporter asked what I would have asked: why are notifications first being sent now? The news station reports, “When asked why it took SunTrust so long to find...