Topic: Identity theft
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September 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM
A Seattle man was sentenced today to 44 months in federal prison for breaking into dozens of mailboxes and using the information he found to steal identities, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Wilfredo Bermudez, 40, was arrested last November after stealing from mailboxes in King, Pierce and Thurston counties over a span of 13 months, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Bermudez cashed or attempted to cash checks from 27 different victims, including a church, for a loss of nearly $80,000. After stealing the mail, he would alter the payees and the amounts on stolen checks and cash them at various banks, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Sometimes Bermudez made the checks payable to his own name, and on other occasions he used a stolen driver’s license and forged checks made payable to the stolen identity.
In asking for a sentence of more than four years in prison, federal prosecutors said the thefts disrupted the lives of many victims, forcing them to make time-consuming changes to accounts, cancel vacations and change the ways in which they use the mails, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Bermudez had two prior convictions for identity theft.
June 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM
The Associated Press
SPOKANE — The Washington State Patrol will pay $2.4 million to settle a lawsuit with a Spokane firefighter who was wrongly accused in 2008 of possessing child pornography.
An investigation discovered too late that Todd Chism was a victim of identity theft.
In a statement from the patrol Friday, Risk Manager Donald Sorenson apologized for oversights in the investigation and for damage to Chism’s reputation and distress to his family.
The Spokesman-Review reports Chism still has a separate $10 million lawsuit pending against the Washington State Patrol over an April 2010 altercation with troopers near his home at Nine Mile Falls.
October 27, 2011 at 11:16 AM
A victim of identity theft is being credited with helping Seattle police nab the two suspects.
Police responded to a hotel in the 1100 block of Broadway Avenue around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a call from the victim. The man told police his credit card company had called him and said that someone had used his credit card information to book a room at the hotel.
The officers went to the room and found two men. Also in plain view were several cell phones, laptop computers, a WiFi hot spot, router and papers with credit card numbers.
Fraud and forgery detectives were called and obtained a search warrant for the hotel room and the suspects’ vehicle, which was parked outside. A search of the room turned up the cell phones and laptop computers, as well as computer hard drives, iPod Touches, various electronic storage devices, magnetic card readers, routers, hotspots and computer peripherals along with unidentified pills and methamphetamine.
Police said a search of the suspects’ car turned up additional evidence of identity theft.
The two men were booked into King County Jail for investigation of identity theft.
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