Houston DA Hit With Identity Theft Scam

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A woman with a history of check fraud is accused of pulling an exceptionally risky scam, says the Houston Chronicle: stealing the identity of the chief prosecutor in Houston, Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal. Investigators say Sharon Durbin, 30, of Beaumont, Tx., wrote nearly two dozen phony checks on the chief prosecutor’s personal bank account, passing herself off as “Cathy Rosenthal,” with a fake driver’s license to match. Rosenthal had to shut down his bank account, contact the police and draw money temporarily out of his children’s savings account. “It’s been a huge hassle,” he said.Thursday. “I’ve spent way too much time trying to get things straight with all these banks.” A judge named a special prosecutor to handle the case.

It is not clear how Durbin obtained Rosenthal’s bank account number, but she had it imprinted on checks under the name “C. Rosenthal” and the district attorney’s home address. She wrote 21 fake checks totaling more than $9,000, purchasing computers, groceries and gift certificates, said Lt. Milton Ojeman, a district attorneys’ office investigator.

Link: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/2646669

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