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Passport clerk charded with identity theft

A Reading, PA passport clerk was charged with using the names and Social Security numbers of customers at the post office where she worked to obtain 18 credit cards, police said.

Kim McKnight Jimenez, a 27-year postal employee, did not actually use any of the cards, because they were seized when they showed up at her post office box at the General Mail Facility, police said. She surrendered to authorities and was charged with 18 counts of identity theft.

Call for Banks to Disclose All Incidents

The Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on terrorism, technology and homeland security is taking up the issue of identity theft. They are held a hearing titled “Identity Theft: Innovative Solutions for an Evolving Problem.”

The hearing revolved around two bills proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein of California. One would require companies to reveal when they have suffered a data breach. This measure is modeled after the California law that has led to the disclosure of several prominent data breaches. The second bill seeks to limit the use of Social Security numbers and establish criminal penalties for their misuse.

More of the TJX data breach

Florida officials released the names of the six suspects who were arrested while four others remain at at large in connection with the fraudulent use of data obtained from TJX.

Their scheme began in November 2006 and resulted in an $8 million gift card scheme.

The group purchased gift cards and then cashed them in at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores. The group usually purchased $400 gift cards because when the gift cards were valued at $500 or more, they were required to go to customer service and show identification.

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