August 6, 2001
Bill Lockyer Despite historic lows in violent crime rates, Californians today are more at risk than ever of becoming a victim of crime. The fastest growing crime wave in our state and America today is the crime of identity theft. An estimated 750,000 Americans per year are victims of identity theft schemes, up from 40,000 in 1992 -- an 18-fold increase. What makes identity theft so devastating is the ease with which criminals can perpetrate the offense and the enormous damage that can be inflicted upon its victims.
February 11, 2004
Schiff introduces ID theft bill BURBANK -- Reacting to a Federal Trade Commission report that said identity theft topped the list of consumer complaints, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) introduced a bill calling for a stricter law against identity theft. Schiff and Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) introduced the Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act, which gives prosecutors more power in convicting and sentencing defendants accused of the crime. It creates a separate crime of "aggravated identity theft."
February 13, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Police are investigating an identity theft ring thought to have started in Burbank. Burbank Police arrested Steven Cuccinello, 34, the ring's alleged leader, for allegedly receiving thousands of dollars in merchandise from a Canoga Park hardware store. Cuccinello, arrested Feb. 2 after police served a search warrant at his Burbank home, is thought to be involved in a process called "Dumpster-diving," Burbank Police Det. Scott Wilson said.
January 15, 2003
Tim Willert Armenuhi Kartalyan-Oganesian never knew what hit her, but it might as well have been a punch to the stomach. Last month, the 37-year-old Glendale resident tried to make a bank deposit but discovered her ATM card had been canceled over the phone and a duplicate card issued and mailed to an address in Los Angeles. "Whoever did this gave the bank my Social Security number, my mother's maiden name and her date of birth," Kartalyan-Oganesian said.
April 12, 2003
Ben Godar Legislation that would give police access to Social Security information when investigating identity-theft crimes is moving to the Assembly floor, and police say it would be a valuable aid in stopping the fastest-growing crime they see. The bill, written by Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D--Burbank), would allow police limited access to DMV records to help prove an individual was using a false or stolen Social Security number. The Assembly Appropriations Committee passed it unani- mously, and Frommer said he expects it to reach the floor in the next few weeks.
June 20, 2007
Credit union to hold identify theft seminar The Lockheed Federal Credit Union's Burbank office opens its doors from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tonight for a free seminar on preventing identity theft. The public will learn about how to protect their identity and resolve identity theft issues as well as common mistakes people make that put them at risk. The key speaker will be Jerry Rossler, a law enforcement and financial institution security expect. Prevention tips include not divulging private information over the Internet through e-mails, monitoring credit reports, keeping Social Security cards and old credit cards locked up at home and watching credit and loan accounts for suspicious activity.
November 4, 2006
Forger's helpers sentenced to prison Two accomplices of a man who was sent to state prison for perjury and identity theft were sentenced in Burbank Superior Court on Thursday. Yina Cox, 20, and Alvin Richards, 28, pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft for assisting Santino Hamilton, 33, in a check-forging scheme. The two were sentenced to up to one year in jail. Cox, who worked as a teller for a Kinecta Credit Union in Hawthorne, stole private information from bank records, using the information along with Richards and Hamilton to cash counterfeit checks throughout Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, Glendale Police Officer John Balian said.
January 28, 2014
A man and woman in a stolen truck were arrested Saturday morning after police discovered burglary tools, drugs, birth certificates and Social Security cards in the car, police said. Police spoke with Pamela Toftee, 28, and Kevin Aide, 21, both of Victorville, in the 100 block of South Lamer Street, where they had parked the truck, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. Police ran a search on the vehicle and discovered it was reported stolen. When police searched the truck, they found tools, suspected methamphetamine and the identifying information for five victims, including Social Security cards and credit card bills.
March 28, 2014
Burbank resident Jennifer Smith works three jobs and, for the most part, tried to pinch pennies as much as she could. And for that, her credit was nearly flawless. At least that was the case until several weeks ago, when an alleged thief opened numerous credit card accounts in Smith's name and went on a lavish shopping spree, spending more than $14,000 in a matter of days, bouncing from store to store in Glendale and Burbank. While the woman racked up the charges, Smith could be facing crumbling credit.
September 10, 2013
I hope all of you folks that are OK with people rummaging through your recycle barrels never get caught up with identity theft. Crooks are slick these days, pretending to look for pop cans, meanwhile looking for important documents and mail. Not everyone shreds their stuff like I do. Sad, but that's the world we live in these days. I won't even use ATMs anymore, you have to be looking over your shoulder every second. I agree 100% with the writer who says these people picking through others' recyclables should be fined.