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February 28, 2010
Rebecca Bowman of the Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs will give a presentation on identity theft and how to protect yourself, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 9 at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. Call 410-740-4276 for more information.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | April 18, 2014
One man is charged and two others are facing charges in connection with a string of car break-ins between March 8 and 14 in several Abingdon communities, police said. Aaron Cooper Starrs, 19, of the 500 block of East. South Street in Kennett Square, Pa., is charged in one case with two counts each of rogue and vagabond, theft less than $100, charging another person's credit card less than $1,000 and charging another person's credit card less than $100 and theft scheme less than $1,000.
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BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | February 7, 2013
The IRS wants to show taxpayers it is taking identity theft seriously. Today, the agency announced it conducted a 32-state sweep in recent weeks that targeted 389 identity theft suspects and led to 734 enforcement actions - from complaints to indictments and arrests - in January. It had help from the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorneys' offices. The IRS posted a map of its crackdown, which includes several cases in Maryland. According to the IRS, this includes an indictment in January of two brothers who allegedly filed fake returns from April 2007 to January 2012, collecting refunds ranging from about $1,500 to $4,950.
HEALTH
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
For 11 days last summer, Shawna Gunter worked as a physician assistant, treating 200 patients at a Centreville doctor's office and prescribing medication. But, authorities said Friday, the 36-year-old had no medical training. Federal prosecutors said she got her job with documents that contained errors — including a license with a different last name — and now faces charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein called the allegations "very troubling.
NEWS
February 11, 2014
Aberdeen Charles Alexander Sconion Jr., 24, of the 200 block of East Bel Air Avenue, was charged Friday with possessing a drug other than marijuana, possessing drugs with intent to distribute and possessing drug paraphernalia. Mikaele Matagi Mataese, 25, of the 400 block of West Bel Air Avenue, was charged Saturday with possessing a drug other than marijuana, possessing marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia. Terrell John McFarland, 20, of the first block of Great Oaks Drive, was charged Monday with driving without a license.
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By Brent Jones | brent.jones@baltsun.com | November 11, 2009
Baltimore police are investigating a security breach at Mercy Medical Center that left an undisclosed number of patient records open to possible identity theft, according to the Maryland attorney general's office. The hospital's vice president for corporate compliance sent a letter to the affected former patients on Monday, saying that a former employee might have gained access to patient records in order to apply for credit cards and loans. A spokesman for the attorney general's office said he was unsure how many patients received letters.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | December 15, 2011
Beware of outside websites claiming they want to help you file for unemployment benefits. The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation's unemployment insurance division warns these sites can collect personal information about you and possibly leave you open to identity theft. The state named one of the sites, Unemployment Help Center, in a press release. The only way to apply for unemployment benefits, the state says, is directly through the state's unemployment insurance division's website or by calling its office at 410-949-0022 or 800-827-4839.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
You make concerted efforts to safeguard information from identity thieves — keeping bank card passwords concealed, buying online goods solely from secure websites and refusing to furnish personal information to anyone you don't know. Adults and even teens have become accustomed to these precautions. Surely toddlers and preschoolers aren't vulnerable to such criminal activity. But they are, according to Rebecca Bowman, administrator for the Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2011
An obscure provision of a federal law created to prevent identity theft has come under the spotlight in Baltimore, where a man has sued three area bars for violating the law's intent. In three lawsuits filed last week in Baltimore's U.S. District Court, Ronald L. Bradley of Baltimore County contends that three bars - Kooper's Tavern in Fells Point, Poncabird Pub in East Baltimore and the Middle River bar and restaurant Catches - printed the expiration date of his credit card in sales receipts.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2013
Older consumers are no more vulnerable to identity theft than others, but they do tend to be victims of the types of ID theft that are on the rise - cases involving tax returns and medical care. For that reason, the Federal Trade Commission held a one-day workshop last month on senior identity theft. And Howard County on Thursday evening is holding an identity theft forum that will cover fraud directed at both seniors and children. "Seniors are targeted because they have more disposable income," said Rebecca Bowman, administrator of Howard County's Office of Consumer Affairs, which is sponsoring the forum.
NEWS
AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 10, 2014
Maryland State Police, Harford County Sheriff's Office, Havre de Grace Police, Aberdeen Police and Bel Air Police report: Aberdeen A purse was stolen from a shopping cart on Thursday at the Home Depot in the 900 block of Beards Hill Road. A woman reported someone came into her apartment and stole her stuff in the first block of Pritchard Avenue on Thursday. A person was caught shoplifting at the Pier One Imports in the 900 block of Old Philadelphia Road on Thursday.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
Names, email addresses and phone numbers from about 850 current and former Johns Hopkins University biomedical engineering students were posted online Thursday, stolen by someone claiming to be part of the hacker group known as Anonymous. The breached server did not contain Social Security or credit card numbers, or any other data that would make identity theft a concern, university spokesman Dennis O'Shea said. The hacker was attempting to extort the university for further access to its servers, threatening to post the information online unless officials handed over server passwords, O'Shea said.
NEWS
February 11, 2014
Aberdeen Charles Alexander Sconion Jr., 24, of the 200 block of East Bel Air Avenue, was charged Friday with possessing a drug other than marijuana, possessing drugs with intent to distribute and possessing drug paraphernalia. Mikaele Matagi Mataese, 25, of the 400 block of West Bel Air Avenue, was charged Saturday with possessing a drug other than marijuana, possessing marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia. Terrell John McFarland, 20, of the first block of Great Oaks Drive, was charged Monday with driving without a license.
NEWS
January 10, 2014
I am confused over the plan to give drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants ( "Thousands of immigrants seek drivers licenses," Dec. 31). For instances, applicants must show they have paid taxes for the last two years. But since it is illegal for undocumented immigrants to work here, doesn't that mandate require them to break more laws in order to remain here? Is there any process to see whether an undocumented immigrant has been employed using a stolen Social Security number or other form of identity theft?
BUSINESS
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun   | December 19, 2013
News that data from about 40 million credit and debit cards might have been stolen from Target shoppers this holiday season has many unnerved. We talked to Eva Velasquez, the CEO of Identity Theft Resource Center, about how to determine whether you have been affected and how protect yourself if you have. I shopped at Target in the past few weeks? What should I do? First, you need to figure out if you are a victim. You should receive a paper notification from Target. They are sending out the letters, but they must doing it in stages because one of the victims is me, and I haven't received a letter yet but others in my office have.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
A tip from a 911 caller led Anne Arundel County police to arrest four people accused of cutting copper wire from a utility pole and causing an overnight power outage to 1,800 BGE customers in Odenton. The tipster called 911 early Friday morning and reported seeing two men carrying spools of wire from behind a business on Annapolis Road in Odenton, said Anne Arundel Police Chief Kevin Davis. They got into a Chevrolet Impala that had one headlight burned out. A patrol officer pulled the car over and found four people inside, along with 250 feet of copper wire and tools, including a long-handled cutter normally used for tree-trimming, Davis said.
NEWS
The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2012
A state business group has invited members of the public to bring their sensitive documents Saturday to "Shred Day" identity theft prevention events in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties. The events, hosted by the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland, will send trucks to Arundel Mills (behind hhgregg) and The Avenue in White Marsh (behind the AMC Lowes), and will accept documents until noon. Each truck is capable of shredding up to 8,000 pounds of personal information.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2013
A Baltimore police officer pleaded guilty to identity theft and extortion Wednesday after being caught in an elaborate FBI sting that involved an informant posing as a crooked tax preparer and heroin dealer. Over the course of this spring, Ashley Roane, 26, worked with the informant to try to file false tax returns using information she lifted from police databases, and agreed to protect the informant's supposed drug-dealing business. Roane, who held a wad of tissue and dabbed her eyes as the plea hearing began, faces between five years and a little over nine years in jail when she is sentenced in February.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
Baltimore County authorities say they found Social Security numbers and other personal information from more than 12,000 current and former county workers on the computer of a man who used to work for a county information-technology contractor. The man is in custody in another state and is to be extradited to Maryland to face charges in an unrelated identity-theft case. Police say the hard drive on a personal computer seized by authorities contains information that includes county employees' home addresses, salaries, leave balances and county identification numbers.
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