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Sacramento man faces identify theft charges

Our Roseville readers may have seen a recent post about an international Internet crime investigation that led to the arrest of 24 people around the world. It was a large scale operation, and those that were arrested were alleged to have been engaged in identity theft and credit card fraud.

Identity theft is becoming increasingly more common. Some of the most common techniques are to steal a person's password or email address to secure a credit card or other means of making purchases under the victim's name. Individuals who are highly visible to the public may be more likely to be targeted.

One California businessman was recently in the headlines detailing his problems with an alleged identity theft. He is a well-known individual whom our readers may remember from his attempts to purchase the Sacramento Kings in 2011.

A 28-year-old Sacramento man was recently arrested for allegedly hacking into the businessman's bank accounts, ultimately taking approximately $1,300 of his money. According to court records, at one point, the 28-year-old allegedly transferred $150,000 from one of the businessman's accounts to another.

Because identity theft is becoming more common, authorities appear to be able to identify potential threats more quickly. They also may be more eager to vigorously prosecute individuals who are accused of identity theft and other forms of Internet crimes.

Someone who faces identity theft charges would be wise to begin working with an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney will defend an individual against the charges while doing all that they can to mitigate any potential penalties.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Sacramento power broker Darius Anderson hit by identity theft," Dale Kasler, July 14, 2012

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