Roland Ray Palomo, 33, was detained by La Palmera Mall Security after he tried to obtain credit at Kay's Jewelers using his brother's social security. A Kay's Jeweler associate reported Palomo tried to buy a ring and applied for credit. Shortly thereafter, their corporate office notified her, an identity theft alert had been placed on the social security number used. The associate contacted the victim who verified his brother was using his social security to obtain credit.
Palomo was arrested and charged with Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information, a State Jail Felony punishable up to two years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine. If you suspect that your personal information has been hijacked or compromised to commit fraud or theft, take action immediately! Keep a record of your conversations and correspondence.
First, contact the fraud departments of each of the three major credit bureaus and request a fraud alert be placed in your file. Second, contact the creditors for any accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently. Third, file a report with the Corpus Christi Police Department. For additional information on Identity Theft or Crime Prevention presentations, please visit our website at www.ccpolice.com and click on Citizen Programs & Presentations.
You can also contact Crime Prevention Advisor Brenda Moreno at 361-886-2568 to schedule a presentation for you or your organization.
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