FL: Pensacola man arrested for stealing personal information from job seekers

TaMaryn Waters reports:

A 19-year-old Escambia County man has been arrested on charges of identity theft following an investigation by the Tallahassee Police Department and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Investigators learned Gerald Howard Washington, of Pensacola, posted online advertisements claiming he was searching for candidates to fill 1,100 local positions. According to the Department of Economic Opportunity, he traveled by Greyhound bus from Pensacola to Tallahassee and set up a temporary office to lure potential job seekers who believed he was a valid employer.

Job candidates provided personal information, including social security numbers and bank information on the application, urine samples and a $25 fee.

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