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ID verification vitally important

Oct 13, 2011 Karen Umpierre

One of the biggest issues for businesses of all shapes and sizes is maintaining a secure identity verification process. By keeping information safe and away from possible thieves, management can ensure that issues don't occur. In one recent case, a man from Stockton, California, pleaded guilty to downloading information from nearly 1,500 people while he was working as a computer technician. He used the information to open up lines of credit, fill out checks, withdraw cash and other schemes that allegedly cost the victims $136,000. The news source reports that Michael Garcia admitted to the fraud and will be sentenced on December 15 by District Judge Morrison. The computer criminal faces a maximum of five years behind bars, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. One of the reasons that the issue occurred is because the contractor that hired Garcia likely did not have the right ID authorization process in place. If one had, the business may not have suffered the way it did.