By Ron Jones
Jun 30, 2009
Police have arrested a man who allegedly admitted to stealing the
identities of more than 500 people by going through the trash of local
banks and businesses.
The criminal complaint filed against 30-year-old suspect Jonah Nelson
claims that he made more than 1,000 fake ID cards that he used to rip
off people, stores and banks. Nelson also allegedly admitted to stealing
the identities of more than 500 people all across Northern California,
ranging from the Bay Area to the Central Valley.
Federal agents say Nelson said it was easy to find new victims: All he
needed to do was visit a local bank and search their dumpsters.
Using the sensitive materials he found in the trash, Nelson was able to
use a computer to mock up fake identification cards and blank checks,
according to authorities. Nelson allegedly confessed to stealing between
one to two million dollars in cash and merchandise.
CBS13 was able to find processed deposit slips and junk mail with full
names and addresses in the garbage of a local bank.
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