Monday, August 27, 2007

PTA President Masquerades as Identity Thief

A former PTA president allegedly stole a $4,650 check
from a neighbor's daughter, shopped online using other
people's credit card numbers and kept the personal
information of 50 people including their Social
Security numbers (SSN).

According to the Whittier Daily News,

The former La Pluma Elementary PTA
president had earlier pleaded not guilty to
grand theft, possession of methamphetamine,
multiple counts of identification theft, theft of
access card information, grand theft of lost
property, burglary and forgery.

...according to Sheriff's Detective Ted Caraisco.
He said she also had the savings account number
of a 6-year-old girl.

So, our tip for today is for those who still believe
they are not very likely to become a victim of
identity theft. Think again, if a PTA president
can stand accused of being an identity theft
criminal, then anyone is also liable to become
one too given the right circumstances.

We've already reported on this blog cases involving
policemen, priests, children, parents, teachers, etc.
who all have become identity thieves.

Why take the chance and gamble with your financial

Get your credit report to inspect it for any unauthorized
credit lines and/or new accounts. Also, check out your
background records, for any arrests or warrants filed on
your name but not committed by you so that you avoid
unnecessary jail time or job loss.


At 1:16 PM, Anonymous A Concerned Mother said...

Geesh, what next my girl scout master or my soccer mom who makes sure to arranged insurance coverage for all of the kids who participate in our tournaments?

This whole thing with identity theft has gotten so out of control - it seems like we need to run background checks on anyone we encounter these days!@


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