New Jersey DMV Workers Charged With Identity Theft
Two New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicle employees were charged by prosecutors (pdf) with identity theft in Mercer County, New Jersey. The two were caught selling personal information including names, addresses, birthdays, and social security numbers of Mercer County Residents.
Sherilyn Rivera and Johnny Semon will face 5 years without parole and up to ten years in state prison if convicted. The investigation also led to the arrest of Lee Daniel Roberts, a tax preparer in Trenton, and Abdulah Sumo, an employee of a real estate company, both for trying to sell identities they had available to them through their work.
While digital identity theft, such as the Sony Playstation Network hack, is on the rise, old fashioned theft such as stealing personal information from your trash and grabbing your wallet, purse, or laptop are still the most common methods of identity theft.
While you can't protect yourself from your identity being stolen by DMV workers, you can take the steps recommended by the FTC to deter, detect, and defend yourself against identity theft.