Woman Uses Stolen ID in Job Hunt

Detectives say woman may have committed same crime before

By Omar Villafranca
|  Thursday, Mar 29, 2012  |  Updated 9:46 AM CDT
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Officer David Tilley, with the Plano Police Department, says a woman used the identity of someone else, including her Social Security number, name and address, to get a temporary job.

Omar Villafranca, NBC 5 News

Officer David Tilley, with the Plano Police Department, says a woman used the identity of someone else, including her Social Security number, name and address, to get a temporary job.

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Plano police are looking for a woman who used a stolen identity to get a temporary job at a bank.

Police said it is not their usual identity theft case, which usually involves thieves going on a shopping spree.

The only lead investigators have is a picture of the woman taken by a former co-worker.

It began with a stolen purse in January. The woman assumed the victim's identity, even using her Social Security number, name and address. Somehow, the woman was hired at a North Texas Bank of America through a temp agency.

Officer David Tilley, with the Plano Police Department, said detectives were close to finding the woman but she had left the temporary job by the time they were ready to move in.

Bank of America didn't answer questions about its screening processes for employees. Spokeswoman Diane Wagner said Bank of America was "cooperating with authorities" on the case.

Plano police said they have been in contact with Dallas detectives and believe the woman committed a similar crime in Dallas a few years ago but was never caught.

"The longer that they can get away with it, the more they'll continue to do so," Tilley said. "And eventually, they're going to make a mistake."

Anyone who recognizes the woman is asked to call Plano police at 972-941-2148 or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 877-373-8477.

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