Suspected ID thief may have over 1,000 victims

OLYMPIA, Wash. — An Olympia man arrested Thursday may have planned to steal the identities of 1,000 people, said Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza.

Anthony Vaughn is held on 50 counts of identity theft at the Thurston County Jail. A veteran detective said Vaughn was likely part of the largest identity theft ring in county history.

According to court documents, Vaughn admitted to detectives he stole the items to support a drug habit.

Detectives seized 40 boxes of evidence from Vaughn’s Olympia home.

Police said Vaughn had the names and social security numbers of hundreds of employees with the State’s Employment Security Division.

Those names were apparently on paperwork stolen from a car parked on the state Capitol campus last year.

Sheriff Snaza said contacting all the victims could take more than six months.

“Now, maybe we can give some of the people who have filed complaints and been a victim some relief we caught that person,” said Snaza.

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Tags: credit card fraud, id theft, Jail

Category: Identity Theft Watch