Identity theft scheme could affect thousands

POSTED: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 1:37pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am

Four women were indicted yesterday, for an identity theft scheme.

Angela Cuellar, Yolanda Ramos, Diane Rivera, and Christine Elifritz, were all involved in the theft of Fingerprint Application Services of Texas applications, that are required by the Texas Education Agency. All four women, remain in custody at McLennan County Jail. They are scheduled for for a detention hearing next Tuesday.

Before Angela Cuellar left her job as a live scan operator for Integrated Biometrics Technology in Waco, she stole the applications that included social security numbers and birth dates, that she should have shred long ago.

Richard Kitterman, with the Better Business Bureau, says that business' should have a standard operation procedure when it comes to the dismissal of employees. He says if they have this procedure, "at the point of dismissal, their ability to access company files, records, and other things, ceases to exist."

Last year, there were 11 million reported victims of identity theft. The number one way to protect your identity is shredding hard copies of documents that include any person information. 
 

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