Thursday, December 18, 2008

Identity Theft Cases Baffle Itty Bitty Police Dept.

"PLAQUEMINE — City police say they are puzzled by a rash of identity theft cases in which thieves have run up bank debit card charges under the names of local residents.

"The victims include two members of the Board of Selectmen. Police say they are working with local banks to investigate the persistent and growing problem.

"Capt. Kenny Payne said Wednesday the first incident in the city was reported about 18 months ago. He said since then he has seen about 50 new cases from all three of the local banks.

"Payne said each fraudulent debit-card charge ranges from $20-$40, and they add up to about $500, rarely totaling more than $1,000."


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