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Identity Theft

5 Tips for Investigating Child ID Theft

Like most fraud cases, child identity theft consists of pieces of a puzzle that must be put back together to paint a picture of the thief. You'll get better results if the family is organized and tenacious about details and the officer conducts a thorough investigation.

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Court Awards Ore. Agency $1M Lottery Ticket

The Medford (Ore.) Police Department won the lottery Wednesday, after an appellate court awarded the agency a $1 million scratcher illegally purchased by a woman in 2005 in an asset forfeiture case.

CHP Officer Pleads Not Guilty of Illegal Cache

A California Highway Patrol officer, charged with having a cache of illegal guns, explosives, drugs, and stolen drivers' licenses at his Anderson area home, pleaded not guilty on Monday in Shasta County Superior Court.

Sheriff Joe: Obama's Birth Certificate Is Fake

Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio said his investigators have uncovered evidence that President Obama's long-form birth certificate is a forgery.

La. Sheriff Charged with Fraud, ID Theft

The Ouachita Parish (La.) sheriff and a major in the agency have been charged with conspiracy, computer fraud, identity theft and obstruction, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley announced.

Calif. Launches eCrime Enforcement Unit

California has created a task force to identify and prosecute identity theft, cyber crimes and other crimes involving the use of technology. The eCrime Unit will be staffed with Department of Justice attorneys and investigators.

Video: Charges Dropped Against Suspect In Parking Lot Take-Down

An attempted-murder charge has been dropped against a man Orlando Police officers said attempted to ram them with his van outside a Target store in November.

Inside An FBI Undercover Operation

The two-year investigation initially targeted corrupt employees at the DMV who sold fraudulent driver's licenses and vehicle registrations to drug dealers, terrorists, organized crime figures, and other scumbags who used aliases to enter and leave the U.S. and otherwise facilitate their criminal activity.

Sheriff Joe Arrests 17 During Sweep at Landscaping Business

Deputies with the Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Office arrested 17 workers at the El Mirage landscaping company during an immigration sweep that revealed 11 workers with false Social Security numbers.

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ID Forgery Kit

Street gangs have become very adept at creating convincing false documents that can pass an officer's cursory inspection. Advanced computers, scanners, and color printers make detection more challenging, and traffickers often use fake birth certificates and other forgeries to obtain authentic state-issued documents. Biometric methods such as fingerprinting, retinal scans and DNA are a much more reliable way to identify suspicious people. Photos courtesy of Richard Valdemar.

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