18 charged in identity theft scheme

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

INDIANAPOLIS The federal prosecutor in Indianapolis says 18 people have been charged with being involved in an identity theft scheme involving Social Security numbers being sold to people to improve their credit scores so they could obtain loans for expensive vehicles.

U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett says many of the stolen Social Security numbers belonged to minors. He says the victims were the people whose identities were stolen as well as eight financial institutions and six automotive dealerships.

Prosecutors say the identity theft scheme dates back to September 2010.

Hogsett says identity theft is a growing problem.

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