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Atlanta Man Indicted for Filing More Than 2,000 Tax Returns Using Stolen Inmate Identities

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As reported in the Augusta Chronicle, Qadir Shabazz, formerly of Atlanta, has been indicted in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for allegedly operating a business called “Indigent Inmate,” which distributed information to more than 13,000 prison inmates across the country. Shabazz and his co-conspirators promised benefits to inmates in exchange… Continue Reading

Roswell Man Sentenced to 7 Years for $9 Million in Fraudulent Sales on eBay

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Robert Hill, of Roswell, Georgia, was a successful seller on the consumer to consumer sales site, eBay, selling more than $9 million in merchandise over 10 years from his eBay store, atlantis_discount_ warehouse_llc. The problem for Mr. Hill, however, is that the merchandise–including computers, iPads, iPods, iPhones, Wii game systems, cameras, golf clubs, and tools–was… Continue Reading

Northwest Georgia Banks and Credit Unions Hit By Debit Card Fraud

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Federal investigators are investigating an outbreak of debit card fraud in Northwest Georgia, according to a story by WCRtv in Chattanooga. Customers of the Bank of LaFayette, Cohutta Banking Company, and Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union in Chickamauga, LaFayette, Rossville and Trion in Northwest Georgia have reported having their accounts drained. Authorities believe that the… Continue Reading

Georgia, Atlanta, Identity Theft Hot Spots

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The Federal Trade Commission has ranked Georgia 4th among the States and Atlanta 19th among cities for identity theft crimes, as reported in the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The rankings are based on complaints received by the FTC in 2010. Significant among Georgia’s numbers are 2,882 complaints of government benefits or documents fraud; 911 complaints of bank… Continue Reading

Former Government Informant Allegedly Perpetrates Largest Identity Theft in U.S. History

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The past year has been truly record breaking in terms of the magnitude of the crimes making headlines, most notably arch-Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, attorney scam artist Marc Dreier and the New Jersey public corruption scandal. Now the criminal record-setting has happened again in the area of identity theft. A federal grand jury in New… Continue Reading

New State/Federal Secure I.D. Initiative IDs Identity Thieves… and Illegals

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     In the ever-increasing cooperation between federal and state authorities, especially in the immigration sphere, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has authorized a Secure Identity Initiative, under which United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Department of Drivers Services combine resources to investigate identity theft offenses. The first person… Continue Reading