LOS ANGELES – The desire to further one’s education is a noble one. The desire to pay for said education with fraudulently obtained credit cards is not so noble.
34-year-old Reon Jordan apparently failed the course in honesty when she was recently arrested following a nine month investigation.
In addition to purchasing class time at West Los Angeles Community College with stolen funds, Jordan also invested in hair extentions and jewlery because, as all schoolchildren learn, it’s better to look good than to be good. Maybe thieves think this also holds true wherever you travel, which might explain the airline tickets to Alaska additionally purchased with the credit of purloined identities.
At her home police found 400 identity profiles and the credit card numbers of 200 unwitting victims. These victims have been located, no only in California, but also in Tennessee and Mississippi.
The frightening aspect of this escapade is the fact that Jordan worked at ABEO, a medical billing company, where apparently she had access to thousands of client identity profiles. The LA County Sheriff’s Department warns the public to contact the three main credit reporting bureaus (TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian) and have your credit locked. You can unlock your credit any time you wish to apply for it.
Jordan may want to begin researching the course offerings provided in jail.
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