ID Thieves Rip Off Fort Hood Soldiers

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    Most of the soldiers had their identities stolen while they were serving abroad.

    More than 20 soldiers from Fort Hood are among dozens of victims ripped off by an identity theft scam in New York, law enforcement officials said.

    Investigators said the criminal ring stole the personal information of the soldiers and then used that information to steal money, including in the form of mortgage-related bank checks.

    Most of the military victims were serving in Iraq or Afghanistan when they had their personal information stolen. Officials said none of the Fort Hood soldiers targeted by the ID scammers were victims during the Fort Hood shooting attack last year.

    More than 30 people, many of them Nigerian immigrants now living on Staten Island, have been arrested. About half of those in custody were involved in ripping off soldiers, officials said. Others allegedly stole from citizens living and working in the U.S.

    The suspects are expected to be arraigned in a Staten Island courtroom later Wednesday.

    The Staten Island District Attorney and NYPD Commissioner are expected to announce the charges at a news conference this morning at 1 Police Plaza.