Woman uses RootsWeb to steal identities … of dead people

Authorities have unearthed a California woman’s plot to steal the identity of the recently deceased. She executed her alleged criminal undertaking by first employing Internet genealogy software to reap the Social Security numbers of dead individuals, and then using the numbers and other information collected on the Internet to convince credit card companies to change the mailing addresses associated with the accounts to the addresses of her rented mailboxes.

Tracy Kirkland and her cadre of fictitious aliases stand accused of mail fraud, fraudulent use of unauthorized access devices, aggravated identity theft, unauthorized possession of access devices, misuse of social security numbers, and exceeding authorized access to a protected computer to further a fraud. According to the indictment filing, the scheme began in 2005 and has since allowed Kirkland to accumulate over 100 accounts. (link)

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