Posted 1/8/2014 1:56 PM by MDGREGORY
Today, January 8th, 2014, Spokane County Sheriff's Office Investigative Task Force (ITF) Detectives booked 37-year-old Joel Denenny into jail for 45 felony charges. These charges include 33-counts of Identity Theft, 10-counts of Forgery, one-count of Possession
of Stolen Property and one-count of Unlawful Possession of a Payment Instrument.
This arrest was the result of an investigation that began in August of 2013. A local victim was contacted by a bank inquiring about an on-line application that was pending in his name. The victim found out there had been multiple credit checks completed the
week prior to the bank receiving this on-line application which was why the bank inquired about the application.
Through their investigation, ITF Detectives discovered Denenny was placing job postings on-line that required potential employees to provide personal information on the application. Denenny would then use this information to open a variety of on-line accounts
without the victim’s knowledge.
Detectives were able to identify over 90 victims, the majority of which live on the east coast. 33 of the victims responded to ITF detectives request for information in this case.
ITF Detectives want to caution citizens not to provide personal information to on-line job applications without researching the company, contacting someone within the company and verifying it is a legitimate business.