October 25, 2014
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California man has been charged with originating what authorities say was a nationwide scheme in which stolen identities were used to make millions in purchases.
Jerry Van Le was scheduled to appear Friday in federal court in Sacramento on charges of bank, wire and computer fraud.
A criminal complaint filed says he stole Social Security numbers from about 25 children, immigrants and others who had not yet established credit.
In an affidavit, Secret Service agents say the 30-year-old man got the numbers through his work as a mortgage broker. It also says Le sold Social Security numbers to an undetermined number of co-conspirators, who used the information to establish credit.
Authorities say Le bought five vehicles, luxury items and his home in Lincoln, a bedroom community about 30 miles northeast of Sacramento.