When you think of the word “mother”, most would define it as one who provides guidance and loving protection of her children.
Well, that’s not the case when it comes to a mother in South Jersey. According to the South Jersey Times, Angela Zane, a 34 year old mother of five, has been charged with identity theft of all five of her children.
On February 6, 2013, Zane was arrested on 10 counts of theft of services, 10 counts of identity theft and 1 count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance. According to local authorities, Zane allegedly opened fraudulent accounts in the names of her children with service providers such as Verizon, Atlantic City Electric, Comcast and others. The accounts were created in an effort to avoid making monthly payments. Since Zane used her children’s social security numbers, she has damaged their credit history for when they become adults.
This is a sad reminder that everyone, even children are vulnerable when it comes to Identity theft. Responsible Parents should protect their children’s personal information (full name, date of birth, and social security numbers). If you suspect that your child’s information has been compromised, contact each of the three nationwide credit reporting companies (Equifax,Experian and TransUnion),and ask for a manual search of your child’s file.
For the Full Article on Angela Zane go to www.nj.com The article referenced was written by Brittany M. Wehner/South Jersey Times.