Stories tagged: identity theft
SUNDAY, OCT. 16, 2016, 4 A.M.
True aim of Initiative 1501 tangled in political brawl
There is great debate about whether Initiative 1501 on Washington’s Nov. 8 ballot actually protects seniors or is just another spat in the ongoing fight between a caregivers union and …
THURSDAY, OCT. 13, 2016, 10:50 A.M.
North Idaho man sentenced to federal prison for identity theft, lived under false ID for 16 years
A North Idaho man who assumed another person’s identity and moved to Tensed, Idaho to evade his sentence on a 2000 Colorado conviction for sexual assault of a child has …
FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2016, 3:03 P.M.
IRS urges tax preparers to protect against identity theft
The Internal Revenue Service is urging tax preparers to protect against the theft of their clients’ data.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2016, 1:41 P.M.
Judge sets bond at over $1 million for suspected identity thief
Spokane County Superior Court Judge Greg Sypolt set Reuteler’s unusually high bond amount last week. On Tuesday, however, the Sheriff’s Office
TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016, 7:57 A.M.
Inquiry into Washington state theft that risked data of millions yields few answers
Senate investigators indicated Monday they’ve received few answers from the Obama administration after a laptop and portable hard drives – likely containing names and Social Security numbers of millions – …
MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2016, 12:58 P.M.
Hackers post data allegedly of 50 million Turks
Hackers have posted a database online that allegedly contains the personal information of nearly 50 million Turkish citizens in what is one of the largest public leaks of this scale.
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016, 6:21 P.M.
Hotel cleaning crew helps nab identity theft suspect
A man was arrested for identity theft in Liberty Lake Monday largely thanks to a hotel cleaning crew.
FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2016, 2:55 P.M.
IRS computer breach may have 700,000 victims, tax officials say
The IRS says the number of taxpayers whose tax information may have been stolen by computer hackers now exceeds 700,000 – more than double the agency’s previous estimate.
SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2016
Why you should consider freezing your credit reports
NEW YORK (AP) – Freeze your credit reports before you get burned. That’s the message from security experts, consumer advocates and some state Attorneys General. They say more people should …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 6, 2015
Police destroy Spokane couple’s stolen gift cards
Dana Divine was overjoyed last October when Spokane police caught the woman who broke into her car and stole her purse. She thought the arrest meant she and her husband …
THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015, 2:06 P.M.
US: More than 21 million affected by government data breach
WASHINGTON — Hackers stole Social Security numbers from more than 21 million people and snatched other sensitive information in a recent breach of U.S. government computer systems, the Obama administration …
SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2015
Couple lose life savings in sophisticated scam
Marv and Penny Wasser were careful with their money. They saved for their retirement and had only one credit card, which they paid off in full every month. But that …
TUESDAY, OCT. 28, 2014, 12:54 P.M.
Woman arrested on multiple theft counts
A 21-year-old woman was arrested on 21 counts of theft-related activity during an investigation into vehicle prowling in north Spokane.
SATURDAY, OCT. 11, 2014
Man arrested after selling stolen iPhone at ecoATM kiosk
A Spokane man availed himself of new technology in June allowing cellphone owners to recycle their old devices for cash at NorthTown Mall. The problem? The phone wasn’t his to …
MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2014
AARP program aims to protect older Americans from scams
Con artists aren’t just targeting the stereotypical old lady at home. It happened just last week to the wife of one of the nation’s experts on online safety – a …
THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014
IRS, taxpayers face more identity theft cases
When Steve Martin tried to wrap up mortgage paperwork last week to buy a Spokane home, he thought he could simply verify through the IRS that he hadn’t paid taxes …
FRIDAY, JAN. 10, 2014
Identity theft suspect in jail, faces 45 criminal counts
A Spokane identity thief who victimized dozens of people nationwide put the personal information of one target for sale on Craigslist, advertising the man’s “crappy credit,” according to investigators. Joel …
THURSDAY, JAN. 9, 2014, 3:23 P.M.
Investigators: Spokane identity thief hit victims in 15 states
Joel Denneny, 37, collected the personal information of up to 85 people nationwide using bogus online job applications, investigators said. Victims were as far-flung as New Hampshire.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8, 2014, 1:23 P.M.
Sheriff’s Office: Tenant steals landlord’s identity
A Spokane Valley landlord’s debit card was stolen by one of his tenants who withdrew hundreds of dollars from the account, according to the Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Office. Lacey Major, …
THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013, 11:50 A.M.
Washington teacher accused of identity theft
COULEE DAM, Wash. — A teacher in the Coulee Dam School District is accused of forgery and identity theft.
THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
Tax-related identity theft a growing problem
WASHINGTON – An epidemic of tax-related identity theft continues to plague the Internal Revenue Service despite efforts by the agency and law enforcement officials to combat the fraud, witnesses told …
TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012, 12:03 A.M.
Kansas case puts face on ‘total identity theft’
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — When Candida L. Gutierrez’s identity was stolen, the thief didn’t limit herself to opening fraudulent credit and bank accounts. She assumed Gutierrez’s persona completely, using it …
MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012, 11:53 P.M.
Kansas case puts face on ‘total identity theft’
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police and prosecutors are increasingly worried about a brazen form of identity theft in which thieves go beyond financial fraud to assume the victim’s persona completely. …
FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2012
Identity theft ring suspects arrested throughout county
A multiagency task force served search warrants on five Spokane County addresses Thursday, looking for suspects and evidence in an identity theft ring with more than 300 victims in several …
UPDATED: THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012, 1:25 P.M.
Spokane authorities arrest 2 in identity theft ring
A multi-agency task force served search warrants on four Spokane County addresses today, looking for suspects and evidence in an identity theft ring with more than 300 victims in several …
FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2011
Suspect in Davenport Hotel fraud convicted in Louisiana
A man accused of stealing from the Davenport Hotel after being hired under a stolen identity has been sentenced in federal court in Louisiana for a similar scheme. William Joseph …
FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2011
More charges in terror case
A reputed white supremacist convicted last month of a gun charge related to an alleged domestic terrorism plot has been indicted by a grand jury for an alleged identity theft …
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2011
Taxpayer ID theft hits new heights
WASHINGTON — Imagine filing your tax return and learning that someone else got your refund. With your name and Social Security number, no less. The IRS is grappling with a …
TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011
Four arrested in bank scam
Four Seattle residents didn’t just steal $33,000 from several Spokane banks in one afternoon; they were handed the money as if it were theirs, according to court records. In a …
THURSDAY, FEB. 10, 2011, 12:06 A.M.
Spokane organized crime fugitive arrested in Florida
A Spokane fugitive accused of orchestrating an elaborate identity theft scheme was arrested Wednesday at a state park in Florida.