Here are the top identity theft stories in the news this past week:

Former Cumberland County woman returns to face charges
Carlisle Sentinel
A former Cumberland County woman accused of identity theft was extradited from Gulf Shores, Alabama to face charges of forgery, identity theft, stalking, harassment and flight to avoid apprehension, trial or punishment. A preliminary hearing is scheduled …

An identity thief used the personal information of Karen Greenwood, 47, of …
ABC News
Karen Greenwood, 47, of Cary, NC, became a victim of income tax identity theft in 2009. An executive assistant, Greenwood was expecting a check from the Internal Revenue Service for $2300, which would have included her tax refund for 2008 and a rebate …

Two Salinas men arrested in stolen car, accused of identity theft
San Jose Mercury News
By Jessica M. Pasko – Santa Cruz Sentinel APTOS – Two farm workers from Salinas are accused of vehicle theft and identity theft involving multiple victims, according to the Sheriff’s Office. A traffic stop was conducted after midnight Wednesday in the …

My kid’s a victim of ID theft, what can I do?
CNNMoney (blog)
The bank officials warned me she is the victim of identity theft. Somebody opened and abused a bank account using her social security number in Everett, Wash. I need to learn how I can monitor her identity (or credit) in addition to her two brothers

Man on probation charged with identity theft
Valley Sun
A 21-year-old Burbank man faces identity theft charges this week after police found a re-encoded credit card in his home during a probation search. Gaik Panosian, who is on probation for identity theft, was arrested Tuesday after a Special Enforcement …

Smartphone, social media users at most risk for identity theft
Reporter Newspapers
By Officer Larry Jacobs smart phones have given us something to do while waiting in line at the grocery store, while waiting for an appointment, while waiting for a plane, but they may also be leading to an increase in ID theft.

Our View: Take steps to protect against identity theft
Wausau Daily Herald
A massive criminal identity theft scheme has upended the lives of nearly 130 current and former employees of window and door manufacturing companies in Wisconsin — and, as the Wausau Daily Herald reported on Sunday, the victims have had a hard time …

SEC Proposes Identity Theft Prevention Rules
Courthouse News Service
By TRAVIS SANFORD WASHINGTON (CN) – Broker-dealers, mutual funds and other financial services have to develop policies to protect their customers from identity theft, according to new rules proposed by two federal agencies. The policies must include …

Man pleads guilty of ID theft in case tied to secretary of state
Judge James Birkenholz on Thursday accepted Zachary Edwards’ guilty plea to identity theft in which there was no financial damage. Edwards was placed on a year’s probation and was ordered to perform 20 hours of community service.

ID-theft hassle gets worse, area businesses find
Arizona Daily Star
Business identity theft isn’t new, but it is increasing, rapidly. Technology makes it easier than ever to commit cybercrime. Even those entities that alert consumers to scams are not immune. Recently the Better Business Bureau has had its identity …

Valley man gets prison for ID theft, fraud
Fremont Tribune
A Valley man has been ordered to pay nearly $190000 in restitution for identity theft and Social Security fraud. Mickey Lee Tucker, 53, also was sentenced to serve 1 year in prison, US Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced Friday.

ID  thieves using fake names to get drugs
Northwest Cable News
by Katherine Cook When it comes to identity theft, Milwaukie Police Detective Kevin Krebs, says the cases he’s dealt with have had strictly financial ramifications on victims, until now. He said the newest trend is criminals stealing victims’ medical …

Burglary investigation leads to ID theft ring
Victorville Daily Press
HESPERIA • Hesperia investigators helped dismantle an identity theft ring that victimized people from across the country, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Hesperia station officials said. Tontalayia Jovonce Williams, 31, Siscoy Grant Burns, …

Pair plead guilty to identity theft after using dead friend’s credit card
Daily Caller
Rubinson and Young plead guilty to abusing a corpse and identity theft, and were sentenced to community service and two years of probation. The pair also agreed to take drug and alcohol tests, as well as write a letter of apology to the dead man’s …

Identity theft rises nationwide
The Federal Trade Commission says identify theft is consumer’s top complaint for the twelfth year in a row. A national report shows identify theft is on the rise. Local credit counselors say they are seeing a growing number of victims in the issues, …

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