March 24, 2004
A Burbank lawmaker on Tuesday threw his support behind a bill that would strengthen the penalties against criminals stealing identities and give prosecutors more power in convicting and sentencing an identity thief. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) testified before a House judiciary subcommittee during a Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security hearing in favor of the Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act. Schiff told the subcommittee that cities in the Los Angeles metropolitan area are prone to such crimes and ranks No. 2 nationally on the top 10 list of regions with the highest per capita rates of identity theft reported with more than 13,000 victims.
June 3, 2011
Two Burbank men were released from Ventura County Sheriff’s Department custody earlier this week after they were arrested Sunday in Simi Valley for identity theft, according to sheriff’s department records. Sarkis Derbeshyan, 33, and Gurgen Tadevosyan, 31, were arrested late Sunday evening after an officer allegedly found evidence of grand theft and identity theft, including $6,400 in $20 bills, bank account and associated PIN numbers and receipts from ATM machines, said Sgt. Ritchie Lew. Locations of ATMs and where the thefts may have occurred are still under investigation, Lew said.
August 19, 2006
GLENDALE — Assemblyman Dario Frommer spoke to a crowd of more than 100 people at the Glendale Central Library on Thursday, describing pending legislation aimed at providing increased protection against identity theft. "This problem is becoming one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States," Frommer said. "And California is third on the list of most identity-theft crimes committed." Frommer's legislation, Assembly Bill 2886, currently in committee in the assembly, would make mail fraud a state crime, giving local law enforcement officials the ability to investigate and prosecute identity thieves, a procedure that is now confined to federal jurisdiction through the United States Post Office.
January 21, 2004
Jackson Bell A local credit union is taking steps to educate the public about identity theft, which continues to grow at an alarming rate. Cases of identity theft -- the unauthorized use of personal information to obtain credit, goods, services and medical information -- often go unsolved because it is almost impossible to identify those responsible, and victims are often left to repair the damage, experts say. "We're a very credit-oriented society," said Jerry Rossler, assistant vice president of safety and security at Lockheed Federal Credit Union on Hollywood Way. "If someone gets victimized [by identity theft]
December 14, 2002
Ryan Carter Violent crime is down in the city compared to last year, but a 63% increase in identity theft has police warning residents to be vigilant about protecting their personal information. Det. Matthew Ferguson said the ease of the crime and its minimal punishment after conviction probably contributed to the increase in identity theft, which is on the rise throughout the country. The department's crime analyst, Lt. Kevin Krafft, agreed. "More of the criminal element is getting involved in identity theft, believing they get more bang for their buck with less risk of being caught, " he said.
November 1, 2003
Jackson Bell A Sherman Oaks man who attempted to change his identity and the identity of his 6-year-old son, with the intent of abducting the child, was arrested before he could carry out his plan, Burbank Police said this week. Brian Scott Bennett, 50, was arrested Oct. 22 on suspicion of felony identity theft after leaving a Burbank business where he spent $800 to have a false beard applied and his hair dyed a different color, Burbank Police Sgt. William Berry said.
June 2, 2001
Lolita Harper SANTA CLARITA -- Burbank police detectives uncovered an intricate identity theft ring after the arrest of a Burbank woman led them to a room in the Santa Clarita Travel Lodge. Robert Anglert, 45, and Janice Garcia, 51, both of Santa Clarita, were arrested May 27 with Emilie Bose, 25, of Woodland Hills, for a variety of charges ranging from suspicion of identity theft to possession of illegal drugs, Burbank Police Sgt. Bill Taylor said.
July 20, 2002
Ryan Carter Police are working to develop a public education program to get the word out about what they call one of the most widespread crimes in the city -- identity theft. Officials hope to have the program operating by January and with it, offer leaflets and information on the department Web site. "A program like that can absolutely deter the prevalence of it, and since it's a crime that is growing astronomically, a little reduction helps out," Police Det. Matthew Ferguson said.
March 29, 2008
Assemblyman Paul Krekorian will host a workshop in Burbank designed to educate constituents on how to protect against identity theft. ?Identity theft is one of our fastest-growing crimes,? Krekorian said. ?Unfortunately it is likely that many of us know someone who has been victimized. Identity protection begins with informed, aware consumers and these workshops will explain how to reduce vulnerability to theft and what to do if you become a victim.? The workshop is slated for 7 to 8:30 p.m. on April 17 at the Buena Vista Library meeting room at 300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank.