NY: Discarded files: An ID nightmare

Karen O’Shea reports:

Investigators probing the affairs of Jonathan Boxman, a former title-insurance agent who was arrested in July on charges he allegedly stole money from clients during the high-flying days of the real-estate boom, might want to look behind his onetime office building in a remote section of Charleston.

That’s where hundreds of Boxman’s clients’ files sit stuffed in open, dirty garbage bags. Several, an Advance reporter found, contain important personal information such as Social Security numbers and copies of driver’s licenses.

And some could contain original deeds and mortgages that prosecutors have been trying to locate. Authorities allege Boxman never recorded some of those original documents with the county clerk — potentially causing big problems for his former clients.

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