In a previous post we wrote about some activities that could constitute criminal fraud. One of the activities we discussed in that post is fraud. In this post we have a specific example of individuals in Michigan who are currently facing that accusation.
A total of 11 individuals have been charged with credit card fraud and identity theft. They are accused of using screen shots of personal information to apply for credit cards using those people’s names. Those screen shots were allegedly procured by an employee of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. According to authorities, that employee took screen shots, printed the information and shared information pertaining to more than 5,000 subscriber profiles. The information found on those records included names, Social Security numbers and birth dates.
When some of the people accused of the crime were arrested, they allegedly had gift cards, re-encoded and counterfeit credit cards. In addition, more screen shots were located. Three of the 11 individuals arrested are facing accusations of using the information from the screen shots to purchase merchandise totaling $742,000 at a warehouse store.
It is likely that those who have been accused of this crime are scared and unsure of what to do. While they may be tempted to take the path of least resistance in response to the charges, this could be a mistake. Because the consequences surrounding a conviction for a white collar crime such as fraud can be harsh, it is a much better idea to work with a criminal defense lawyer to create a solid defense.