Donald Stoner, 37, was arrested by federal officers for using court records to commit identity theft. Stoner gathered personally identifying information—names, Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers–from more than 100 DUI defendants and used it to set up fraudulent bank accounts and steal more than $27,000 in payday loans.
Stoner specifically targeted those who paid their court-ordered fines all at once instead of in installments, and who hired private attorneys instead of using the services of public defenders. By doing so, he narrowed the pool to victims he thought were more likely to have good credit. (more…)