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Leader of kids’ ID theft ring sentenced

Craig Curtis has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in organizing a mortgage fraud scheme in Texas that used the stolen identities of minors to obtain fraudulent loans. United States District Judge Nancy Atlas sentenced Curtis, of Houston, to 120 months for wire fraud convictions and to a consecutive two-year...

AmEx employee stole 300 card numbers

One by one, three of the five suspects involved in a major credit card and identity theft scheme were arraigned Wednesday night before Judge Scott Hunter in Canfield. The suspects include the mother-daughter duo of Christine Alkire, 49, and Danielle Lancia, 27, along with 22-year-old Lamar Phenizy, all accused of purchasing approximately $25,000 with...

Bits ‘n Pieces

In the justice system: Melanee R. Fretz, a former bookkeeper at the Kutztown Manor nursing home, was sentenced to nine months of house arrest for stealing the identity of an invalid resident. She was also sentenced to seven years of probation following the house arrest. More. Karina Orduna-Ramirez was charged with four felony counts...

Sac City Bank employee pleads guilty

Following up on a case mentioned on this site in June: United States Attorney Matt M. Dummermuth announced today that a woman who defrauded victims out of at least $4 million pled guilty today in federal court in Sioux City. CHARLENE MARIE PICKHINKE, 48, from Sac City, Iowa, was convicted of one count each...

More breaches we didn’t read about

The Maryland Attorney General’s Office  web site update reveals a number of breaches in the past few months that were never reported in the media. In addition to other news items reported earlier today on this site, here are some more newly revealed breaches: Pension Fund of the U.S.W.U. Local No. 74 reported that...