INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Four people have been charged in an identity theft scheme, where Social Security numbers were stolen, marketed as “credit profile numbers,” (CPNs).
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced Friday the four are accused of using the CPNs, and other false personal information, to open lines of credit, including car purchases of up to $60,000, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Willie Day, John Foster, Tamera Hankins and Joshua Raine have been charged with multiple counts of forgery. They have also been charged with other crimes for presenting false information to the BMV and other financial institutions.
According to a release, some victims were 16 or 17 years old.
Curry warned consumers who may be looking for ways to improve their credit not to fall for this kind of scheme. CPNs are often marketed online and are sold for $3,000 - $5,000.
You can be charged with perjury or forgery if you present these fraudulent documents.
Curry says the defendants are accused of presenting forged documents for new driver's licenses with false addresses.
Investigators say once they got the licenses, they brought them to financial institutions to qualify for lines of credit and car loans.
Investigators found out stolen Social Security numbers were being sold in Indiana and other states as CPNs. People who bought them weren't able to get traditional financing because of credit issues.
Willie Day has been charged with eight counts of forgery, a Class C felony, and one count of fraud on a financial institution, a Class C felony.
John Foster has been charged with five counts of forgery, a Class C felony, one count of perjury, a Class D felony, and four counts of theft, a Class D felony.
Tamera Hankins has been charged with four counts of forgery, a Class C felony.
Joshua Raine has been charged with 12 counts of forgery, a Class C felony, three counts of perjury, a Class D felony, three counts of theft, a Class D felony, one count of fraud on a financial institution, a Class C felony, and one count of auto theft, a Class D felony.
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