Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Derrick Hill was the ringleader of an identity theft scheme that claimed 250 victims, including fellowship applicants at Johns Hopkins Hospital and clinic patients in Highlandtown.
A Woodlawn man who federal prosecutors said was the ringleader of a large identity theft scheme was sentenced Monday to 11 years in prison. Derrick Hill, 53, will also serve three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $191,180.26 in the ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein's office. Three accomplices—John Coffey, Tawney King and Hill's girlfriend Renee Cabell—have also pleaded guilty. Last week, a judge sentenced Cabell to 30 months and Coffey to 57 months in prison, and each was ordered to pay $191,180.26 in restitution, according to the U.S. attorney's office. King will be sentenced Thursday. The total value of damages in the case, which had more than …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Nation's first such law allows parents to protect children from identity thieves.
- Ben Gross
Thursday, December 27, 2012
OUTSIDE BALTIMORE, MD -- On Jan. 1, 2013, the nation's first law allowing parents to "freeze" their minor children's credit at any time to protect them from identity theft will take effect in the state of Maryland. Currently, according to a recent Washington Post article, credit agencies are obliged to place a freeze of the credit of anyone with a credit history, but not those who do not have a pre-existing credit report, such as a minor. A 2011 report from the Carnegie Mellon University CyLab found that more than 10% of the children surveyed had their Social Security number used by someone else, a figure 51 times higher than adults in the same study. The Huffington Post cited ID Analytics statistics that about 140,000 identity frauds …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Man and his girlfriend, both of Woodlawn, plead guilty to conspiring to commit fraud and aggravated identity theft against hundreds of people in 2009.
Two Woodlawn residents have pleaded guilty to passing counterfeit checks written from the accounts of more than 250 people, including doctors who applied for fellowships at Johns Hopkins Hospital. It was 2009 when Derrick Hill, 52, and his girlfriend Renee Cabell, 51, "conspired with their co-defendants John Coffey and Tawney King to negotiate counterfeit checks drawn on victim bank accounts," according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland. Coffey and King pleaded guilty earlier to the same charges. "The defendants obtained cash, merchandise and services worth over $188,000. The identities of over 250 individuals were compromised," the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Cabell worked at the hospital at the time of …