July 12, 2003
It's bad enough when a thief uses personal data to obtain fake credit cards in your name, and then goes on a no-holds-barred buying spree. Now just try to clear your name. As U.S. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow noted the other day, "How do you prove you are the real you, after someone else has stolen and ruined your name?" Answer: not easily, or readily. The nerve-wracking task of alerting police, credit agencies, financial institutions, merchants and other creditors that consumers have been scammed can become a full-time job in itself.
June 24, 2005 |
A former resident physician at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia was arraigned yesterday on charges that he stole personal information from colleagues and used it to purchase $12,895 worth of merchandise over the Internet. Joseph C. Kim, of the 5500 block of Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia, rummaged through his coworkers' possessions and recorded names, addresses, Social Security numbers and birthdates, police said. Kim, 29, broke the law when he bought merchandise between December 2004 and April 2005, court records say. Only about $3,400 worth of goods was delivered before security at an R.E.I.
June 24, 2005 |
Identity theft is making Americans insecure - insecure in buying over the Internet and telephone, insecure in providing information to health-care providers, and even insecure in storing and destroying documents. The problem goes beyond the ability of individual consumers to avoid ID theft. The most savvy credit-card user, the one who follows the waiter to the cash register to witness the swiping of the card, cannot prevent the downstream breach of privacy caused by a corrupt or incompetent restaurant, bank, or credit-bureau employee.
December 13, 2007 |
Greg Parks has his own take, born of years wrestling with data-security issues, on the "Bonnie and Clyde" case now playing to rapt audiences around the globe. Parks is a lawyer with the Philadelphia firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius L.L.P. who advises retailers on ways to avoid lawsuits and even government penalties if their databases are breached and customer information is divulged. Parks said plenty of media and government attention has been focused on preventing disclosure of customer information from commercial databases.
August 17, 2001 |
Marshay Harris, who authorities say stole the identities of more than 40 senior citizens at four suburban retirement communities to fund a yearlong, four-state shopping spree, was ordered yesterday to stand trial in Delaware County Court. Often posing as a security guard or nurse, Harris, 29, of the 600 block of Watkins Street, South Philadelphia, entered apartments in the retirement communities in Bucks and Delaware Counties and pocketed credit cards, cash, checks, and various forms of identification, authorities said.
October 21, 2003 |
Two federal lawmakers were in Montgomery County yesterday to promote legislation that, if it becomes law, would help victims of identity theft repair their credit ratings. The proposed legislation would empower state attorneys general to issue "no-fault letters" to the victims of identity theft who find unpaid bills attached to their credit histories. The legislation is in response to a $4 million identity theft and fraud case being prosecuted in Montgomery County involving former Limerick car dealer Benjamin J. Marchese 3d. U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.)
May 14, 2009 |
The former leader of an identity-theft ring out on supervised release after almost three years in jail was back in federal court yesterday, charged with using stolen credit-card information to buy airline tickets to the Caribbean and a car for a friend and to pay for plumbing repairs at her West Philadelphia home. Nefertiti Randall, 28, was arrested by U.S. postal inspectors in 2002 and accused of leading a group that racked up almost $250,000 in fraudulent credit-card charges.
November 14, 2007 |
For a time, the alleged scam seems to have worked. A Frankford man is accused of bilking Pennsylvania auto insurers out of $29,000 in 17 false claims of vandalism between February 2002 and May 2003 by using fraudulently obtained policies on vehicles he registered in his name and the name of a person whose identity he stole, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Insurance Fraud Unit announced yesterday. An additional 45 claims, worth more than $120,000, were fraudulently sought but ultimately denied, investigators said.
January 21, 2007 |
While some describe electronic medical records as a superhighway to better care and increased efficiency in the medical system, others worry that it could be a dangerous dark alley. "The electronic health system is not safe," said Deborah C. Peel, an Austin, Texas, psychiatrist who founded the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation. Just ask David Richardson. An acquaintance of Richardson's used the Philadelphia man's name and health insurance information to obtain medical services at several hospitals, including Hahnemann University Hospital and Chester County Hospital, according to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office.
September 23, 2002 |
Three Nigerians living and working in the Philadelphia suburbs were arrested and charged with large-scale identity theft within a week of each other last year. The case of one of them, a Claymont, Del., man who answered telephones at the Social Security center in Upper Darby and who allegedly stole personal information from agency computers, drew scant attention. He pleaded guilty in October. But the case against the others, a Darby Borough husband and wife accused of stealing hundreds of identities through their airport cleaning business, was mind-boggling from the beginning.