Identity theft can happen to anyone, and sometimes it comes from where you least expect it.
"They were hitting my home equity line," said fraud victim Paul Agne. "They got $10,000 out one time, $12,000 the other time."
Agne is talking about the thieves who stole his identity with the help of an accomplice inside his bank.
"When you have the assistance of someone on the inside that has all the answers to security questions, it becomes quite easy," said U.S. Postal Inspector Rodney Bohanon.
With Agne's personal information, the identity thieves went to work.
"They were taking the money out and opening a joint account in my name and the other person's name," said Agne. "They had four or five of my credit cards which they were charging on."
He was just one of many. Bohanon said there were approximately 35 victims with a total loss of $1.4 million.
If you want to avoid identity theft, never put your bank or credit card information in the garbage or recycling bin.
"Shred it or burn it so nobody can get the information," said Bohanon.
The suspects in this case are charged with bank fraud and are awaiting sentencing. They could face a fine of $1 million and up to 30 years in prison.
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