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Identity Theft in Kentucky

Kentucky MapIn Kentucky, identity theft happens at a rate of 48.4 victims for every 100,000 individuals. For the 2,000 Kentuckians in a typical year who experience identity theft, the effects can be significant. Complications of Identity theft can result in an inability to obtain credit for home mortgages or automobile purchases, false imprisonment, and many other costly, time-consuming problems.

What can people in Kentucky do to avoid identity theft? Protecting their personal data is usually the best approach. Wise habits include not carrying social security cards or other documents with the number given; not providing their social security number when because a business requests it without first verifying how their information will be used and protected; checking annual credit reports ; protecting computers using anti-virus software, and using complex passwords on Internet accounts; and not giving personal details over the phone unless the call is initiated by the individual (for example. a credit cardholder would call the customer service number on the back of her card, rather than respond to a phone call that probably came from a scammer).

In addition, many Identity Theft Protection services are available in Kentucky that offer around-the-clock monitoring of personal information (e.g. bank accounts, credit inquiries, etc.) and rapid response when any suspicious activity is detected.

How do criminals use stolen identity in Kentucky? They can use personal data - a social security number, a name, an address, and so on - to obtain medical care; to open up new credit card accounts; to file a false tax return and steal the refund, without the taxpayer finding out until he tries to file his own return later in the year. It seems that new ways for criminals to steal identifying details and use it for their benefit are constantly emerging, but Kentuckians can protect themselves from identity theft with protection services and wise decisions with respect to their personal information.


Former Eastern Kentucky lawmaker sentenced to 2 years in prison for identity theft

A U.S. District judge sentenced former state Rep. W. Keith Hall, a Democrat from Pikeville, to two years in prison Thursday for one count of aggravated identity theft. The former lawmaker is already serving a 7-year sentence stemming from a separate ...

Published:  Thu, 24 May 2018 14:05:00 GMT

Judge sentences former Kentucky lawmaker in aggravated identity theft case

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - A former state representative from eastern Kentucky is about to spend more time in federal prison following a judge's sentencing. U.S. District Judge Karen K. Caldwell has sentenced Wendell Keith Hall, 58, to two years in prison for ...

Published:  Thu, 24 May 2018 13:44:00 GMT

Former Kentucky state representative sentenced for identity theft

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) - A former Kentucky state representative will be spending even more time behind bars. The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky says 58-year-old Wendell Keith Hall, of Pikeville, was sentenced ...

Published:  Thu, 24 May 2018 15:23:00 GMT

Former Kentucky lawmaker ordered to serve 2 more years

In the identity theft case, Hall was accused of using fake documents to convince a customer he had insurance so he could keep a contract. Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

Published:  Thu, 24 May 2018 15:08:00 GMT

Suspect arrested in ID theft case

A 21-year-old Minnesota woman was arrested Thursday in Louisville and is awaiting extradition to McCracken County for alleged identity theft. McCracken deputies ... state and federal agencies from Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and ...

Published:  Tue, 22 May 2018 23:22:00 GMT

Former Jackson Co. treasurer indicted for fraud, identity theft

and two counts of aggravated identity theft, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky. The indictment alleges that Sallee wrote checks to herself, forging the signatures of other county employees ...

Published:  Thu, 24 May 2018 19:38:00 GMT

Woman with connection to theft ring charged with stealing McCracken County woman's purse

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY - The suspect in an identity theft case in McCracken County was arrested in Louisville. On February 13, a woman reported that her purse was stolen from her car while it was parked in the lot at the Kiddie Kottage Day Care.

Published:  Tue, 22 May 2018 10:41:00 GMT

'Do you believe I faked my own life': Valley officer on hunt for thief who stole his identity

It's his identity theft case. When he tries to apply for credit or a loan, it turns into a full blown interrogation by lenders who make him prove he is the real Ricardo Alvarado. "Do you believe I faked my own life in Bowling Green, Kentucky" he said.

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 03:29:00 GMT

She was a Kentucky county treasurer. She's now charged with stealing $161,000.

The grand jury indicted Beth N. Sallee on a total of 10 charges of theft, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. The most serious charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. U.S. Magistrate Judge Hanly A. Ingram issued a summons directing ...

Published:  Thu, 24 May 2018 16:31:00 GMT

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