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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Man Arrested in Online ID Theft Scheme

A Seattle man has been arrested in what federal authorities described as their first case against someone accused of using file sharing computer programs to commit identity theft.

Gregory Thomas Kopiloff used peer-to-peer file sharing programs to scan other people's computers for financial information that he then used to open credit cards for an online shopping spree.

Kopiloff bought more than $73,000 worth of goods such as iPods and laptop computers online, then resold those items at half-price and kept the proceeds.

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