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Georgia police arrest two Maryland identity theft suspects

Sep 02, 2011 Matt Roesly

Georgia police arrest two Maryland identity theft suspects
After Georgia police pulled over two young men for a traffic violation, a quick background check confirmed that both were suspects in a Maryland identity theft scandal, The Baltimore Sun reports.
 Vivek Jain, 25, and Amiee Arora, 31, used the identities of employed individuals to obtain unemployment checks. The victims were apparently unaware of their unwitting involvement in the scheme. Prosecutors said both Jain and Arora falsely identified themselves to the Maryland Department of Labor and Regulation using dozens of employed people's information. After the background checks affirmed the identities, the DLLR sent prepaid debit cards to both defendants. An agent of the United States Postal Inspector's Office, Brian E. Dexter wrote in a criminal report that he hasn't "identified a single person who actually made the claim with DLLR that led to the issuance of the unemployment benefits in their name." According the court records, one of the victims reported to Dexter that he has been employed for the past three years and has never received unemployment benefits from the state of Maryland.