Six-Member Identity Theft Ring Sentenced in UK

Six men were recently sentenced at the UK’s Southwark Crown Court for their involvement in the “design, production and sale of fake identities and the management of online forums where clients were coached in how to commit fraud,” according to London’s Metropolitan Police Service.

“With the help of six accomplices throughout the United Kingdom the defendant sold ‘authentic documents for the purpose of committing fraud,’ London’s Metropolitan Police said,” writes SecurityNewsDaily’s Matt Liebowitz. “Those documents, sold on a website called Confidential Access, included fake passports, wage slips, credit histories, postal addresses, driver’s licenses, bank statements and utility bills.”

“In 2008 the defendant, who ran the operation from his home in Alicante, Spain, claimed Confidential Access had a membership of over 10,000 and a net worth of over $200m,” The Telegraph reports. “The court heard the website was first uncovered in 2006 after officers swooped on the home of suspected terrorist and discovered links to it on his computer.”

“The defendant was handed jail time of six years and nine months with two fellow gang members found guilty of operating the document printing operation — sentenced to 2 years and 3 months each, another accomplice was given 18 months,” writes CSO Online’s John E. Dunn. “Two other offenders were given suspended sentences while the co-ringleader was not prosecuted because he is terminally ill.”

“This was a sophisticated operation which has netted millions of pounds over the years,” Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector Tim Dowdeswell said in a statement. “These cyber criminals not only provided the tools to commit fraud they instructed their clients in how to use them to make the maximum amount of money, whilst ruining real people’s credit histories into the bargain.”

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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