Ten Alleged Members of Identity Theft Ring Charged in Virginia


Ten people were recently charged in Alexandria, Va., for their alleged involvement in an identity theft ring that had been in operation since at least January 2012.

According to the indictment, Janero Blalock, 31, and Christopher Bush, 39, recruited women to steal personal data, including names, birthdates, addresses and Social Security numbers, from their employers, which included a dental practice, an insurer and a rental car company.

Members of the ring then allegedly used the stolen data to create fake IDs using their own photographs and the victims' personal information, and used those fake IDs and victims' Social Security numbers to open credit lines in the victims' names.

They allegedly used the scheme to acquire merchandise from a variety of retailers including Macy's, Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, and Kay Jewelers.

Other alleged members of the ring include Adrienne Pritchett, 42; Segale Battle, 30; Jamille Ferguson, 31; Tekia Thomas, 20; Elizabeth Monika Hunter, 19; Jennifer Scruggs, 44; Rungnatee Pearson, 45; and Kevin Middleton, 32.

More than 600 potential victims have been identified, including overseas employees of the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Defense Department, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Law enforcement has recovered a total of 284 suspected fake IDs holding victims' information and alleged ring members' photos.