Eight people charged with identity theft, using AT&T customer files

The US DoJ charges eight involved in an identity theft ring, as the federal government cracks down on thieves.

Published Mon, Apr 7 2014 5:19 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:17 PM CST

Eight defendants have been charged with one count of conspiracy for their role in a sophisticated identity theft fraud scheme using stolen information from AT&T. In total, there are 22 counts in the indictment, with some defendants charged with access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Eight people charged with identity theft, using AT&T customer files | TweakTown.com

One of the defendants charged, Couman Emily Syrilien, 25, from Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, worked for Interactive Response Technologies (IRT), an outsourced call center that provided sales and customer support for AT&T.

If convicted of the conspiracy charge, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of 20 years, while the access device fraud charge carries a 10-year max sentence, and each aggravated identity theft charge carries two years.

Customer files are very lucrative for cybercriminals trying to commit identity theft, with large amounts of customer data passed around on the black market.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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