Officials: Suspects targeted Fannie Mae customers

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Associated Press

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 8 at 12:32 PM

DALLAS (AP) — Federal prosecutors say seven people have been charged in a North Texas identity theft ring that gained access to the personal information of 1,100 Fannie Mae customers.

Authorities announced Friday the seven face a range of charges such as bank fraud and aggravated identification theft for their involvement from 2009 to last year.

Among the defendants is 40-year-old Katrina Thomas of Garland, who was an underwriter for Fannie Mae. Prosecutors say she forwarded customer information to others who then illegally accessed bank accounts. It wasn't clear just how much was taken from the accounts.

Authorities say Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase customers also were targeted.

The defendants used the personal material to buy luxury goods, rent hotel rooms and create counterfeit checks.

A phone listing for Thomas went unanswered Friday.

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