ID theft victim speaks out about costly crime

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by KREM.com & Breanna Roy

NWCN.com

Posted on October 14, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 14 at 8:57 PM

SPOKANE -- A Spokane woman whose identify was stolen by a serial thief wishes she could start all over with a new Social Security number.

Without her knowledge, Jessica Frangione had ten credit cards opened in her name and thousand of dollars of debt in a matter of three weeks. Her private information was used at stores like Verizon, Macy’s and The Children’s Place.

Frangione did not know anything about the purchases because the thief directed all the bills and purchases to his personal address. She said she was tipped off after receiving a letter from a company informing her about a credit card she never opened.

Spokane Police arrested 24-year-old Michael Clarke Jr. for the crime. He is charged with forgery, theft and money laundering.

Frangione is now left to clean-up her credit mess caused by someone she has never met.

“We don’t have any idea how he got my information. He got my mother’s maiden name, and my address. He knew all of my previous addresses, my work history. He knew all of my information,” Frangione said.

Investigators are building a case against several others and expect to make more arrests in what is believe to be a multi-state identity theft ring.

Frangione is now paying $30 a month for a service to monitor her credit so this does not happen to her again.
 

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