Indianapolis Man Charged in Identity Theft Ring
An Indianapolis man is being charged in an alleged identity theft ring involving 17 other defendants.
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says 36-year-old David Day of Indianapolis, along with 47-year-old Kimberly Taylor of California are charged in a federal indictment with conspiring to commit wire fraud and making false loan and credit applications.
Hogsett's office says beginning around September 2010, Taylor would allegedly obtain Social Security numbers from victims, many of whom were minors, and would, "market her services as a legitimate way to enhance poor credit through the sale of 'Credit Profile Numbers,' 'profiles,' or 'CPNs' to Day."
Day would then sell the Social Security numbers to individuals seeking to inflate their credit scores while applying for credit applications to purchase expensive vehicles or other property. Day also allegedly instructed the "customers" on how they could present themselves to creditors and assisted some of them by creating fraudulent credit histories.
16 of those who bought the Social Security numbers were also charged. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Ridgeway says if convicted, the defendants could face up to 20 years in prison on the conspiracy charge, 30 years for making false loan and credit applications and five years for using false Social Security numbers.