Identity Thieves Come in all Shapes and Sizes

Whether they're targeting Army records, housing applications, brokerage accounts or even your own mailbox, identity thieves of all stripes are in the news for victimizing innocent people.

Soldier Faces Decades in Prison for Identity Theft

An active duty officer pleaded guilty to stealing the identity of other soldiers and applying for loans in their names, according to the Army Times.

James Robert Jones, who worked with the U.S. Army Office of Inspector General at Fort Campbell in Tennessee, admitted to using his position to get personal identifying information of active duty U.S. Army officers, including officers who were deployed to Afghanistan.

Authorities say that Jones asked a colleague to delete records from his Army laptop and tried to blame the activity on a dead officer who was never involved in the scheme.

Jones faces up to 30 years in prison for the bank fraud charges, up to 20 years in prison for obstruction of justice, and up to 5 years in prison for making false statements. Jones will be sentenced on Aug. 11.

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Virginia Man Sentenced for Stealing IDs from Housing Applications

Donte L. Battin was sentenced to 6-and-a-half  years in prison for his role in an $87,000 identity theft scheme that victimized housing applicants, the Washington Times reports.

Along with four accomplices, Battin stole personal information from people who applied for housing at North Shore Garden Apartments in Virginia. Authorities say the team then used the information to empty victim accounts at a credit union and apply for loans in their names.

Battin pleaded guilty to bank fraud charges and aggravated identity theft.

Man who Posed as Fidelity Broker Pleads Guilty

A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to convincing elderly people he worked for Fidelity investments and then stealing money from them, the Boston Business Journal reports.

John Michael Babiarz was fired from New York brokerage firm Bishop, Rosen & Co. then told some of his clients he moved to a job at Fidelity and could continue to manage their money. Authorities say he then obtained their private information and passwords under the guise of setting up new accounts.

Babiarz had been previously charged in an administrative complaint by the state securities division.

When sentenced in August, Babiarz faces 20 years in prison and fines up to $500,000.

Oregon ID Thief Gets 3-year Prison Term

Michelle Renee Lustig was sentenced to 3-and-a-half years in prison for stealing mail and using it to commit identity theft, the Mail Tribune reports.

Lustig was also ordered to pay $12,387 in restitution. Her accomplice, Gregory Stephen Brooks, was sentenced in April to nearly seven years for his role in their four-month identity theft scam.

The two used information stolen from mailboxes to open credit card accounts in victims' names and engage in fraudulent banking activities. Lustig also printed counterfeit checks in the victims' names.

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