DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Federal prosecutors say seven people have been charged in a North Texas identity theft ring that gained access to the personal information of 1,100 Fannie Mae customers.
Authorities announced Friday the seven face a range of charges such as bank fraud and aggravated identification theft for their involvement from 2009 to last year.
Among the defendants is 40-year-old Katrina Thomas of Garland, who was an underwriter for Fannie Mae. Prosecutors say she forwarded customer information to others who then illegally accessed bank accounts. It wasn’t clear just how much was taken from the accounts.
Authorities say Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase customers also were targeted.
The defendants used the personal material to buy luxury goods and rent hotel rooms. When one of the defendants was taken into custody, at a luxury Dallas hotel rented with another person’s identification, he had several fake IDs, counterfeit checks and a computer containing a template for Texas Department of Public Safety Temporary Driver’s License in his possession.
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