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Volunteer debate judges fall victim to ID scam

Dec 11, 2011 Karen Umpierre

Volunteer debate judges fall victim to ID scam
A high school debate competition acted as a setting for a teacher's assistant at an elementary school in Helotes, Texas, to commit identity theft, the Express-News reports.
 Jason Anthony Miller, a physical education TA at Bob Beard Elementary School, allegedly stole the identities of victims who signed up to judge a school debate that he arranged. He provided volunteers with IRS forms, explaining that they'd get paid by the district for their time, but compensation never arrived. According to WOAI-TV, the forms asked for their names, birth dates and Social Security numbers. Instead, it was revealed that Miller opened up a series of checking accounts under different names at Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union, the Express-News notes. According to the news source, he deposited short term loans into accounts run by himself and his roommate. When police raided his apartment, they found a credit card in the name of one of the victims and stacks of forms containing the names of eight others he had been stealing from. "(It) has been extremely distressful for Northside Independent School District that an employee of ours would be involved in these criminal activities," district spokesman Pascual Gonzalez told the media outlet. "For that reason, he was immediately terminated."