Some guys just want it all at once. Most impostors and impersonators we write about try to act as policemen, hospital or welfare workers but not David Vyner. 36 years old Armenian immigrant was on probation for identity theft case in DC when got arrested for grand theft. He was offering services as an attorney to Russian community in Florida even after agreeing to act as a lawyer after Florida BAR investigation in 2005. He offered mainly immigration and consular services often charging tens of thousands of dollars for empty promises or services costing less than $100. He was found to possess Broward hospital custom id badge as MD and clergy. There is also a warrant in Canada for Vyner tax charges.
It’s surprising how easy he was able to transfer from one role to another. It’s even more surprising how he got his victims convinced he is who pretends to be and make them pay large amounts of money upfront for the services he offered. Apparently Vyner targeted ethnic communities such Russians or other post Soviet Union republics. For many of his victims the language barrier was his big selling point, non-English speakers tend to trust their native speakers much more than they should. Immigration services scam artist topic reaches above and beyond the scope of this post and blog in general.
The suspect is held in prison without bond
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In Iowa City, IA 19 years old Chicago native Steven Fiorella, University of Iowa student was arrested and charged with 5th degree theft and unlawful use another person identification. It happened at the Union bar, popular bar in town, crowded especially over the weekends. Last Saturday evening Fiorella tried to enter the bar, when asked by the bar entry bouncer for proof of age he allegedly shown driver’s license belonging to that very bouncer. Once the bar doorman recognized himself on the identification document he immediately called the police which got the student arrested. Police also found AAA card and debit card belonging to the bouncer whose identity was not disclosed. The suspect claims he bought all 3 items at a party from unknown individual for $20. Bar doorman reported stolen documents in February.
Justice has some really twisted ways to straighten things out. Still we have to give the credit to the bouncer for remaining cold blooded and calling the police instead of taking justice into his own hands. Let me guess, bar bouncer, 6′ 3″ 250+ pounds, lifting weights on regular basis; police arrest doesn’t sound that bad when compared to confrontation with raging bull. Therefore we can safely say Fiorella had some good luck in his overall bad luck Saturday evening hang out.
Effective today, May 7th 2012, Texas Department of Public Safety establishes new set of requirements for applicants for state photo id card and driver’s license. First time applicants for any of the state identification documents must reside in Texas for at least 30 days prior to the application and present 2 acceptable documents to prove residence; at least one of these documents must demonstrate applicant presesce in Texas for at least 30 days; this 30 days requirement is waived for applicants capable of producing a valid, unexpired out of state driver’s license or or state issued non-driver photo identification card however 2 forms of residence proof are still required. Acceptable forms of residency proof include: Current deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet, or a residential rental/lease agreement; Valid, unexpired Texas voter registration card; Texas motor vehicle registration or title; Texas boat registration or title; Texas concealed handgun license; Utility statement (including electric, water, natural gas, satellite TV, cable TV, or non-cellular phone bill) dated within 90 days of the date of application however 2 separate bills from the same company are treated as single document even if they’re for different utility (for example water and sewage); Medical or health card; Mail from financial institutions; including checking, savings, investment account, and credit card statements dated within 90 days of the date of application; for full list of acceptable documents that prove residency visit http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/residencyReqNonCDL.htm
Some commentators point out that new requirement may hit minority communities however the new rules allow temporary visitors to obtain state identification documents.
Imagine a 17 years young man stealing a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder from a celebrity chef and TV host Guy Fieri, shooting at people and keeping interesting items in his storage such as San Francisco Police Department uniform with a badge and duty belt, AK-47 assault rifle and fake identification cards for Florida, California and New York.
Should you heard it as a movie script idea you’d say nah, too unrealistic. Well … maybe for a movie script but not for real life.
Max Michael Wade was arrested Saturday in Marin County, CA and charged with two counts of attempted murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle, commercial burglary, vehicle theft and receiving stolen property. Although he’s only 17 and held in Marin County Juvenile Hall he will be judged as adult.
The suspect wasn’t easy to be found. After shooting at couple in the car when he was seen in a black motorcycle helmet detectives figured the helmet model was very fresh on the market and only sold in couple of the stores in the area. One of the stores tracked down that model helmet purchase and was able to produce client face image from security camera surveillance system. Then the suspect was recognized by one of the shooting victims as a person who sells fake California photo id cards to many schools students and drives yellow Lamborghini.
Few days suspect surveillance leads to arrest. Wade was reported trying to reach for loaded Glock handgun from under his belt when running from the police down Parr Boulevard.
The new Pennsylvania election legislation that went into force earlier this year requires voters to produce an acceptable form of photo identification in order to cast a ballot. The regulation requires college photo ID to carry expiration date which many id cards do not and therefore are invalid for voting purposes. Effective summer semester all newly issued id cards will have expiration date printed however the new design accommodation the expiration date is not out yet. As for the id badges that are already out a custom sticker with expiration data can be attached which would make the cards valid for election identification requirements. This would be an option for the students who don’t have any other acceptable form of identification. Stickers are temporary measure which will be phased out upon replacing id cards for all students which is expected within next 3 years.
The Pennsylvania State University, Penn State for short is the biggest college in Pennsylvania with close to 100,000 students enrolled. It’s also considered one of the best schools in the nation and member of Ivy League schools.
It’s estimated that 700,000 Pennsylvania voters don’t posses photo identifications that would make them eligible to cast a ballot in November elections when the new legislation will go into force for the first time. The voter id law was passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in mid March and signed by the governor just few hours later. While polls showed high support for the new law voting took place closely by the partisan lines. As in other states the opponents argued that the law might lead to voter’s discrimination. Differently than other states Pennsylvania is a home for 2 substantial religious groups that have issues with taking photographs. Amish and Mennonite communities religious beliefs object taking person’s photographs. The solution in this case is to apply for state identification card without photograph. The option has existed for very long time however now possibly high volume of new application brought into a spotlight. In order to apply for an state identification documents with no photograph a person needs to fill a form where questions are asked about the faith. Those questions are regarded by many as intrusive, intimidating and violating privacy, examples are “How many members are there of your religion?” “What’s the process by which you came to the religion?” “What religious practices do you observe?” “Do other family members hold the same religious beliefs?” According to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation only around 4,000 no photo id cards have been issued to over 60,000 Amish population.
Those facts made even the Republicans concerned even though they were sponsors of the legislation
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Texas legislature passed law requiring voter to produce photo identification in order cast a ballot last year. Since Texas is among few Southern state that have history of minority voter discrimination every legislation regarding election process must pass Department of Justice preclearance before going into force. In January DOJ refused to clear the law after extensive review and requests to send more evidence arguing that 600,000 voters could be possibly affected by the law change.Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott argued number of times that DOJ is part of Obama administration and therefore against the highly partisan legislation. This time DOJ strikes back, yesterday DOJ submitted documents to the court asking the Texas lawmakers to testify on their internal communications upon creating the voter id bill. Basically the DOJ suspects that the legislation might have been created to purposely discriminate minority voters. Part of the submitted documentation says “The record available to the United States at this point already contains significant circumstantial evidence that could support a finding of discriminatory intent,” Abbott argued that lawmakers internal conversation should remain confidential or they wouldn’t be able to do their work under a threat that the conversations could be brought up in the court. DOJ says no such privilege exists.
The panel of judges will decide if the Texas voter id can go into force by November elections.
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range County, Florida: white man, approximately 30 years old, 5’11″, 210 lbs enters a Jig Stop Tackle and Tours fishing store at 34186 Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point. He shops for around 2 hours carefully selecting merchandise and make close to $3k purchase using a fraudulent check. When ask by the store clerk for identification he shows sheriff’s deputy badge but refuses to take it out of the wallet to make a photocopy. According to the sheriff’s office press release the id badge supposedly belonged to Mission Viejo sheriff’s deputy. We’re sorry for the store for the loss and hope the impostor will be captured. There are at least 2 lessons to be learned from this incident.
Lesson #1 Member of any authority would never use a work badge for authenticating retail store purchase which is clearly off duty use of the id badge this is severely punishable offense by most authorities internal regulations.
Lesson #2 Star badge almost never contains a photo and therefore does not constitute positive identification. Even when on duty most law enforcement are required to present photo id card when requested aside from the badge.
Store clerk had full right to refuse the sale unless photo identification was produced. Moreover he should have called the sheriff’s office right away when the deputy badge was used for off duty identification.
Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Etisalat. Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat – communications in English) is the 15th largest mobile phone operator in the world according to Wikipedia. Outside of UAE it operates in other Middle East countries as well as in Asia and Africa. It was also called Forbes Middle East the most powerful company in UAE. The job that company was given by EIDA is to research Near Frequency Communication technology (NFC) use in the national id card program. NFC is very hot in Japan and China where it’s widely used for mobile phone payments; it’s also quickly picking up in the US and Europe. Similar program is run by some US health care insurance companies where a health insurance card is a smart phone application which can transmit the data to the health care provider except no NFC is used in this case. The initiative sounds like a step in the right direction, smartphone seem to be dominating in today’s world. It’s more likely that someone forgets his national id card than hi smartphone. EIDA has put a lot of effort and funds into the national id card program and looks like they don’t want to miss any opportunity for the identification document to become more popular and useful
Last Friday rumors about one of the largest credit card processors breach spread out. This Monday Global Payments, Atlanta, GA based processing firm announced at the press conference that 1.5 million cardholders info is at risk due to the breach. Not many more details have been provided except that Visa, Mastercard and the FBI was notified much quicker than the general public.
There is quite a bit of speculation going around the internet on who was the attacker, suspect profile is as wide as New York City street gangs, Chinese and Russian hackers group etc, so pretty much business or in this I should say fraud as usual. No details have been provided on the type of the attack either so it’s also left to speculation if it was a security hole poked from outside, deliberate action from the inside organization or somebody inside accidentally opening wrong link or email attachment. Look for my previous stories on identity theft and this one will make no surprise. The fact that credit card processing industry is deregulated contributes to the situation where credit card data can be transmitted over poorly secured wireless network and other such events you’d think as impossible happen.
The only way to prevent damage resulting from identity theft is to monitor both credit score as well as credit and debit card spending. Most financial institutions wouldn’t make customers liable for the charges as long as notified promptly
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