Child was ID theft victim
Kelly Puente9/12/2007 – LAKEWOOD – Authorities on Wednesday released more information on the arrest of a Lakewood man suspected of identity theft.
Clayton Stewart was arrested on Monday morning and charged with aggravated identity theft and access device fraud, after agents from the U.S. Postal Inspectors service served a warrant on his home in the 4400 block of Johanna Avenue at about 6:20 a.m., authorities said.
Stewart was allegedly found to be in possession of more than 100 identity profiles on individuals, allowing him to obtain credit cards in their names, said Renee Focht of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
It was not yet clear if some of the names were fake or those of real individuals, she said, although one identity profile contained the Social Security number of a minor.
Children can also be targets for identity theft, Focht added.
“We encourage people check their own credit reports and to also check those of their minor children,” she said.
Stewart allegedly racked up a total loss of $300,000 in fake credit cards, she said.
If convicted, he could face a minimum of 2 years to a maximum of 12 years in prison, she said.
Stewart was being detained at the Metropolitan
Detention Center in Los Angeles, she said Wednesday, adding that bail has yet been set.
Those who think they’ve become a victim of identity theft may contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at (877) 876-2455 or visit their web site at www.usps.com/postalinspectors