03/02/2005

Identity Thief Sentenced to 14 Years

MSNBC reports that a former help-desk worker for a software company sold passwords and codes for downloading consumer credit reports:

According to court documents, Cummings was paid roughly $30 for each stolen report. The information was passed on to at least 20 individuals who then set out to make money from the information, feeding a network of criminals nationwide.

As well, since "The government has estimated that the identity theft scheme involved tens of thousands of victims and caused losses of between $50 million and $100 million", the words "Restitution will be ordered at a later date" — along with the 14 year prison sentence — carry some weight.

MSNBC reports. Thanks to merchant911.org for the tip.

3 Comments to "Identity Thief Sentenced to 14 Years"

  1. teli says:

    Well, it's nice to see that this sort of stuff doesn't go unpunished, being the victim of fraud myself and watching my own sister clean up her life after someone used her good name and credit – it really puts things in perspective.

  2. DianeV says:

    Wow, I had no idea, Teli. As much as some might view the Internet as an "alternate dimension" (and, therefore, an area that should be exempt from governmental regulation), I'm very pleased to see results like the above.

    Perhaps this will give those who don't or can't exercise proper restraint some pause. It ain't the wild, untamed west.

    (I was over at your blog a couple of times. Nice to see you here, too.)

  3. teli says:

    Yeppers – it sucked big time, but at least it wasn't as bad as it could have been. My sister's still in litigation with American Express (who was immensely stupid in granting a man with a credit card in my sister's name)…at least my fraud wasn't as bad – someone just used my credit card to purchase a bunch of stuff and made my life *the steaming red hot place* for a few months.

    Nice to see you here, too.

    I ♥ your blog.There are only a few places that are in my "regular reads" feed list and your blog is definitely one of them :), even if I don't comment often.

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