Mother Daughter Identity Thief Duo Used Jobs To Rip Off Citizens

A Washington mother/daughter tag-team of identity thieves abused their jobs as realtor and bank vice president, respectively, to apply for credit cards and cellphones in other people’s names. Cassidy Janosky, the daughter, would rifle through customer records at Bank of the West and get the necessary personal and financial details. Cynthia Walker, the mother, had access to unoccupied for sale homes through her job at Caldwell Real Estate and set them up as drops for the fraudulently obtained credit cards and cellphones. The pair were arrested spending thousands of dollars at Sears. Over 25 victims have been identified so far, and two flat screen TVs and an iPod seized. The number of victims, fraudulent goods, and even suspects could rise as the investigation continues.

Imagine that, you might apply for a bank loan only to incur the hidden fee of having your identity stolen. If your identity ever gets stolen, here’s how to get through it.

Tri-Cities Mother and Daughter Accused of Using Jobs To Steal Identities [KNDO] (Thanks to organizedhome!)

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  1. Were they discovered using Sears ManageMyHome.com website?

  2. Bearheart says:

    Hey, someone who shops at Sears!

  3. jollymonjeff says:

    Crime and morals aside, why the HELL would you shop at Sears!

  4. AstroPig7 says:

    Aww, family bonding!

  5. Honus says:

    The family that steals together stays together. In prison.

    Also, I can’t help but feel the law on identity theft should be changed to give the purchased merchandise to the persons wronged. I mean, if some dude jacked my credit, and then bought a swank flat panel TV and iPod with my faux dough, I should get that merch anyway just for the hassle of having my credit borked.

  6. crymson_07 says:

    The biggest issue with this is that the daughter was a VP at a BANK! If you can’t trust your bank to keep your identity secret, who CAN you trust? Also, I can’t wait to see her charges increase due to violations of the Bank Secrecy Act. It is a very nasty piece of legislation when you violate it. Also, BotW might be hit by charges thanks to her idiocy.

  7. GreatCaesarsGhost says:

    I can’t bank without giving up my SSN, but anyone that has my SSN can claim to be me to get credit. The reason Identity Theft is such a problem is the idiots that act as if my SSN is not public knowledge.

  8. vastrightwing says:

    Ahh! A new benefit to keeping money in a mattress: a mattress will never steal your identity and charge things at Sears (or worse.. Best Buy).

  9. ChrisC1234 says:

    That’s really sad, because a bank VP is a pretty respectable position (and I’d assume probably well paid too). I’d be happy with the salary of a bank VP… but when you’ve gotta keep up with the Joneses, life can get expensive…

  10. Buran says:

    @vastrightwing: Ah, but Home Depot repairmen whom you hire will steal your money from under your mattress!

  11. @Buran: As the BestBuy guy steals your porn.

  12. How come Casey Serin (cf. http://www.caseypedia.com) didn’t think to do something like this?

  13. NefariousNewt says:

    @jollymonjeff: Because no one shops there, so no one would think to look for them there. They weren’t likely to run into any of these people at Sears.

  14. clevershark says:

    You know, I’m seriously wondering whether humanity is getting dumber with time, or whether we’re just hearing about this sort of thing more nowadays. I suspect it’s a little bit of column A, and a little bit of column B.

  15. itsgene says:

    Cripes… both those women had jobs that pay far more than my paltry salary; talk about greedy!

  16. Mariajl says:

    All that energy and corrupt thinking and they opted for Sears?

  17. Hambriq says:

    What I find disturbing about all of this is that the penalties for identity theft seem remarkably lax compared to the damage done. Any lawyers or law enforcement folks know why this is?

  18. econobiker says:

    Maybe Sears (or the company which services their credit card) has really lax security or the fact that the Sears (Kmart now) employees always pump for the credit cards?

    I too thought they could have at least put a scammed card or two into Target for some class…

  19. GearheadGeek says:

    @segfault: “How come Casey Serin (cf. http://www.caseypedia.com) didn’t think to do something like this?”

    Because you’d have to get a job that includes some responsibility first (bank VP) and Casey is allergic to work.

  20. Jaysyn was banned for: http://consumerist.com/5032912/the-subprime-meltdown-will-be-nothing-compared-to-the-prime-meltdown#c7042646 says:

    They had to pay for gas in that Yukon somehow!!

    Seriously, they need to go to jail for a long time, but alas, they’ll probably get a smaller sentence than a harmless pothead.

  21. NoWin says:

    …geez, at my bank I need to sign out a form for every single file and be supervised when I retrieve or put it back. There is no way you can rifle.

    Banks give out VP titles like candy (at least where I work), so its a cushy job as an AVP-VP, but may not be a high-pay position (lots of biz expense lunches and write-offs, though).

    And for many banks in less economically prosperous areas (don’t know about that area), the bank gets what they provide the pay-scale for, being “glorified tellers”.

    No offense to those good bank-tellers intended.

    (Still hourly-paid and loving it: no exempt position for me!)

  22. SacraBos says:

    Man, it looks like you simply can’t trust ANYONE. It’s bad enough wondering if the waitress is skimming your credit card, but now you can’t even open a bank account without a freakin’ V.P. stealing your identity?

  23. StinkyCat says:

    better credit card scam. When I was a freshman in college, the first week of class there were credit card companies signing kids up left and right. And most everyone used their brand new campus mail box as the adress. So someone on the inside knew to pluck any and all new credit cards (knowing what the envelope looked like).

    So basically the perp stole hundreds of cards and spend them to the limit in a matter of a week or so.

    The kicker was no one knew their card had been stolen until about 45-50 days later when they recieve their first bill. Basically no one knew their card had even been sent until they got the bill with the fraudulent charges, by that time the theif was done and had disposed of the cards.

  24. pastabatman says:

    forget the morality of it for a second.

    why do people put their LIVES on the line for a few thousand bucks? why?

    for me to go to prison and basically have very little hope for satisfactory employment ever again, the amount of money in question would have to be enormous. like goodbye forever money pouring out of my butt money coupled with a mind blowingly good scheme.

    and then, i STILL might not do it. I would rather be poor living under crappy conditions then ever be in a real deal prison. I would last 32 secs, as would most normal, non psychotic human beings.

    it never ceases to boggle my mind.

  25. darkened says:

    @StinkyCat: Now that is brilliance.

    And if the person had enough intelligence he did that once and never again. And will most likely never get caught.

  26. Andy S. says:

    @StinkyCat: Every credit card (and debit card, for that matter) that I’ve ever owned has required a call to activate it. During that call, I’m always prompted for several bits of information, generally including my zip code and at least part of my SSN.

    How did this thief manage to get his or her hands on the social security numbers of all of those students?

  27. Imaginary_Friend says:

    @PASTABATMAN: We’ll probably find out later that they were cokeheads or something.

    @HONUS: I agree. The victims should also be allowed to give the thieves a 24 hour long ass-kicking with whatever blunt implements they choose.

  28. dcartist says:

    They deserve 20 years for each count for identity theft, served consecutively, i.e. life in prison.

    The amount of disruption they cause to the lives of people is immeasurable.

    Just throw away the key.

    Oh, and separate prisons, definitely.

  29. CMcGee says:

    There is no Caldwell Real Estate in the Tri-Cities. It’s Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Black and Associates. Just fyi…

  30. Kloud says:

    @honus: Where can I vote to have you as my Congressman?

  31. Balentius says:

    Boy, you can sure feel the sympathy from BotW…

    “Bank of the West released a statement that urged consumers to protect themselves against ID Theft.”

    And how would that have helped these victims? Unbelievable.

  32. crymson_07 says:

    The Bank Secrecy act is going to kick that chick in the behind in a serious way. It will add a multiple to time spent in jail/prison.

  33. molife says:

    “If you can’t trust your bank to keep your identity secret, who CAN you trust?”

    NOBODY.

  34. bowvictim says:

    This must be an accepted practice by BOW managers. The customer service manager at the Covina, CA. branch directed one of her employees to contact a friend at a local Wells Fargo branch to steal my personal information. This information was used by her husband in a family dispute. Despite a confession by the BOW employees, BOW took no action and even stated it is their employee’s own business to conduct these activities. Do you think anyone’s $$$ or information is safe with BOW?