February 2, 2013
A former Pennsylvania Department of Transportation supervisor has been convicted by a Chester County jury of creating fake driver's licenses for criminals using the identities of innocent people. Khalif Abdullah Ali, 44, worked at the PennDot driver's license center in Frazer and used his position to make fake licenses with the photos of wanted criminals. One of the criminals was caught and testified against Ali. Others remain at large. Ali was convicted Wednesday of identity theft, tampering with public records, computer trespass, and related offenses.
January 25, 2013 |
In the cat-and-mouse game that pits Internet attackers against everyone else - from ordinary computer users to super-secure financial institutions and governments - the cat is lately looking a lot more ferocious. "Cyberwar" is no longer just a sci-fi concept. Just ask the Iranians who discovered in 2010 that their uranium-enrichment program had been at least partly disabled by the Stuxnet computer worm, or the malware researchers at Russia's Kaspersky Lab who last year added viruses known as Flame, Gauss, and Shamoon to the list of known cyberwar weapons.
January 23, 2013
IDENTITY THEFT IS a crime that's easy to dismiss. Until it happens to you. Just imagine: You've filed your tax return and are eagerly awaiting your refund. It's money you desperately need to pay some bills or buy whatever you've been hankering for. But then you get a notice from the IRS saying that your return has been rejected. You won't be getting a refund because it already has been claimed. You've become a victim of identity theft. Now, identity theft becomes very real. And it's getting frustratingly real for a growing number of taxpayers.
January 22, 2013
D EAR HARRY: I do a lot on my computer, but not my banking. Yesterday, I received an email that had all the indications that it came from my bank, requesting my birthday and Social Security number as a result of "continuing review of our accounts for identity theft. " I was ready to comply when my wife gave me the amber light. I tried to reach someone at my bank by telephone, but I only got to an office that could not help me. They "could not transfer me to another service. " I then went to my branch office, and the manager said that the email was not something she knew about.
December 31, 2012 |
Sure, you can vow to exercise more in 2013, or to be a better parent or child, or to improve your performance at work or school. All worthy goals - and likely stuff you already try to do, perhaps with frustration at your own foibles. So how about adding some modest but easily achievable goals. Here's a list of three Realistic Resolutions for 2013 that won't make you a better person or save the world. But do them and you might save a little money or reduce your risks as a consumer.
December 17, 2012 |
BAD NEWS CAME in pairs for Bok Technical High School on Thursday. The school community learned that the 74-year-old school was recommended for closure by Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. Meanwhile, its former school operations officer was arrested for allegedly embezzling $27,000 from student activity funds, according to court records. Zara Sims, 41, of West Philadelphia, was hit with felony charges that include forgery, identity theft and theft by deception, according to records.
December 17, 2012 |
THE FORMER money manager for Bok Technical High School was charged late last week with embezzling nearly $27,000 from the school's student-activity fund. Zara Sims, 41, of West Philadelphia, was hit with felony charges that include forgery, identity theft and theft by deception, according to court records. She was released on her own recognizance. Sims, who was laid off July 1 due to budget cuts after 10 years in the district, failed to make deposits of "at least $26,823" into the student funds, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
December 6, 2012
AS A PARENT, you teach your children about stranger danger. But there's a different kind of perpetrator kids need to fear - the friend or relative who might steal their identity and damage their credit history years before they can establish it themselves. Experts have long warned adults that they need to protect their personal information from crooks who fraudulently obtain such data. Using stolen Social Security numbers or credit cards and other financial information, identity thieves buy cars and open new credit card accounts.
November 21, 2012
3 get prison in Ohio bridge plot AKRON, Ohio - Three men were sentenced Tuesday to up to 111/2 years in prison after admitting to taking part in an unsuccessful plot to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio with what turned out to be a dud device provided by a government informant. The father of Connor Stevens, 21, complained to the judge that his son had been entrapped. "My son is guilty," James Stevens said, "and so is the government. " Prosecutors had described the suspects as self-proclaimed anarchists who acted out of anger against corporate America and the government.