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The Resource Center Identity Theft & Protection | article

600 Theft of Identity Victims Identified in DC-Area Crime Ring

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has identified theft of identity as the fastest-growing white-collar crime in the country, making the need for protection from identity theft more vital than ever. And while you may be under the impression that this crime only happens to those who are lazy about putting safeguards on their personal identification information, such as Social Security numbers and medical records, the truth is that there is no way to 100 percent guarantee the crime won’t happen to you.

In fact, during August of 2013, there was a major crime bust that revealed ten Washington, D.C., area criminals had taken part in a ring that made more than 600 individuals victims of theft of identity, including government employees.

These federally-employed victims included members of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as a host of overseas employees.

The 16 count indictment showed that Janero Blalock, 31, of Fort Washington, Maryland, and Christopher Bush, 39, of District Heights, Maryland, recruited a group of woman who worked in various industries to steal personal identification information from their employers to commit this theft of identity. These workplaces included a local dentist practice, an insurance company and even a car rental business.

This goes to show that no matter how much protection from identity theft you may think you have in place, there is never too much you can do to make sure you’re credit is protected.

 

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