Identity Theft

Identity theft is a form of stealing someone's identity in which someone pretends to be someone else by assuming that person's identity, usually as a method to gain access to resources or obtain credit and other benefits in that person's name. The victim of identity theft (here meaning the person whose identity has been assumed by the identity thief) can suffer adverse consequences if they are held responsible for the perpetrator's actions. Identity theft occurs when someone uses another's personally identifying information, like their name, identifying number, or credit card number, without their permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.
Posts about Identity Theft
    • Equifax proves case against forced arbitration

      By David Dayen, The Intercept – EQUIFAX, THE CREDIT REPORTING BUREAU that on Thursday admitted one of the largest data breaches in history, affecting 143 million U.S. consumers, is maneuvering to prevent victims from banding together to sue the company, according to consumer protection advocates and elected officials.

      Lamberton Law Firm, LLC- 14 readers -
    • The Equifax Data Breach

      By: Robert J. Nahoum Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said, “The Equifax breach potentially exposed sensitive personal information for over eight million New Yorkers. Equifax, one of the nation’s top credit reporting agencies, recently reported that the private data of roughly 143 million Americans had been compromised due a security hack.

      The Law Offices of Robert J Nahoum- 14 readers -
  • Someone Stole your Phone?

    … Identity theft can happen to anyone. Last week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published an article based on a true story from one if its fraud investigators who had her phone stolen. She provided tips you can take to protect your digital identity: Smart Phone: Lock your phone. Use at least a 6-digit passcode on your device, or use…

    Prince Law Offices, P.C.- 13 readers -
  • The Changing Landscape of Immigration Enforcement

    … or identity theft. Assuming a false identity or “aggravated identity fraud” will carry a two-year mandatory minimum sentence. Sessions said prosecutors should also prioritize fraudulent or “green card” marriages. Prosecutors are also required to pursue felony charges against anyone “transporting or harboring three or more aliens,” Sessions said. “We…

    Michael G. Murray/ Miami Immigration Lawyer- 8 readers -
  • Identity Theft in Texas: Laws and Consequences

    … Demystifying Identity Theft in Texas Identity theft has increased rapidly because the popularity of online transactions makes it easy to steal a person’s identity. According to records from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2014, 7 percent of Americans aged above 16 years were victims of identity theft. In 2009, reports by the Federal Trade…

    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 18 readers -
  • What Happens When Someone Drops Charges Against You?

    …, trafficking in persons, leaving the scene of an accident with fatality 10 years: crime against elderly or disabled, arson, compelling prostitution 7 years: most financial crimes and identity theft 2 years: misdemeanors Is It Possible to Sue Someone Who Made a False Accusation Against Me? Judges and prosecuting attorneys, as well as their staffs and police…

    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 24 readers -
  • Pharmacist Guilty in Scheme Involving Counterfeit Drugs

    … Walter Beich, a 63-year-old pharmacist from Illinois, pled guilty to a Medicaid and Medicare fraud scheme involving filling prescriptions with counterfeit drugs. According to court records, Beich pled guilty to healthcare fraud and aggravated identity theft. He was facing trial on twelve charges before changing his plea. Beich’s Medicare Fraud…

    Due Diligence- 15 readers -
  • Lincoln Financial Unit Fined for Cybersecurity Breach

    … whether they wish to pursue. Whistleblowers are the eyes and ears of regulators. There actions have saved taxpayers billions of dollars each year. In the case of cybersecurity violations, they may save countless customers the heartache and frustration associated with becoming the victim of identity theft and loss of their funds. For more…

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  • “My Family Thinks I’m a Fraud for Working at Wells” – FIRREA Post

    … million accounts without their customer’s consent. We call that identity theft. If you or I did that we would have a criminal record. Wells Fargo had to do it approximately 2 million times before our elected representatives got pissed. And pissed they did… the bank paid $185 million in fines and long time CEO John Stumph was canned. Actually…

    Due Diligence- 13 readers -
  • Kansas Federal Reserve Chief Focused on Cybersecurity

    … Kansas Federal Reserve Chief Focused on Cybersecurity October 17, 2016 by Brian Mahany President of Kansas City Fed Warns of Growing Cybersecurity Risk Facing Banks With all the doom and gloom attention focused on the election and economy, one senior official is sounding a different alarm. Cybersecurity and the growing threat…

    Due Diligence- 26 readers -
  • WANTED: Wells Fargo & Bank Whistleblowers

    … available for bank employees is the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act and its companion, Financial Institutions Anti Fraud Enforcement Act (FIRREA and FIAFEA respectively). These laws allow whistleblowers to be awarded a percentage of whatever monies get collected from banks, bank officers or third parties involved in banking…

    Due Diligence- 39 readers -
  • What Are White-Collar Crimes?

    …, white-collar crimes often involve the theft of tens of thousands of dollars. Some of the most common white-collar crimes include: Embezzlement Fraud Identity theft Taking a closer look at the definition of these offenses can shed some insight into white-collar crimes. Embezzlement Embezzlement is a crime which involves the misappropriation…

    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 27 readers -
  • DOJ, Banking Whistleblower Awards for Cybersecurity

    … or other government data, or the loss of operationally critical support capabilities, which could directly impact national security.” How will the government know if a private contractor was hacked or has inadequate data security? Enter the whistleblower. If hackers and identity theft are becoming one of the most important law enforcement concerns…

    Due Diligence- 15 readers -
  • Janesville (WI) Pharmacist Arrested for Medicare Fraud

    … and identity theft. According to court records, Johnson is the owner of Kealey Pharmacy and Home Care. He was released after processing and will be arraigned within a week. The indictment claims that Johnson defrauded Medicare and Medicaid between January 2008 and March of 2014. He was caught during an audit by the Wisconsin Department of Health…

    Due Diligence- 30 readers -
  • 3 Types of Fraud and How They Are Pursued in Texas

    … 3 Types of Fraud and How They Are Pursued in Texas Posted by Matthew Sharp under Fraud July 13, 2016 3 Fraud Crimes in Texas Being accused of committing fraud in Texas is a very serious matter. These kinds of charges can lead to your arrest and you may have to undergo a trial as a result. The fact is that Texas courts and law enforcement take…

    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 22 readers -
  • Tennessee Expands Data Breach Reporting Obligations

    … injury, or poses a significant risk of identity theft. The notification must generally be made in the most expedient time possible. In certain cases, notification to state agencies is also required. Prior to the passage of H.B. 1631, Tennessee’s data breach notification law contained these typical provisions. The new amendments impose additional…

    Brann & Isaacson- 23 readers -
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