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Berkeley police discover hundreds of fake bank cards during arrest

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An Oakland woman has been charged with felony identity theft after a Berkeley police search turned up hundreds of fake bank cards, and equipment for making hundreds more, at her home in late July.

According to court papers, police searched the vehicle and home of 32-year-old Lecresha Shenete Dudley on July 29 after linking her to a possible child endangerment case as well as a possibly narcotics transaction.

Berkeley officers detained Dudley in her vehicle. According to court papers, a search of the vehicle turned up $664, two driver’s licenses belonging to other people and 32 fake bank cards.

Officers then searched Dudley’s home, in the 4200 block of Park Boulevard in Oakland.

At the home, police say they found 210 fake bank cards, two commercial-grade card embossers and printers, a card encoder, a laptop and 480 PVC cards with magnetic strips.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeley pair faces felony identity theft charges

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A Berkeley couple facing seven felony counts related to identity theft allegations is set to appear in court Thursday for a pre-trial hearing.

Berkeley police arrested Albert Thomas and Juanita Roles at their southwest Berkeley apartment in the 1200 block of Haskell Street earlier this month after a search warrant turned up identity theft materials, illegal drugs, more than $2,000 in cash and more.

According to court papers, police served the search warrant July 2 at the couple’s home.

The search turned up fake credit cards and checks, at least one stolen check, a card embosser and card encoder, blank card stock and blank check stock, according to court papers.

Police also found crack cocaine packaged for sale, packaging materials, a digital scale and $2,575 in cash. … Continue reading »

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Man tied to Berkeley drug sales charged with 5 felonies

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An Oakland man with 12 prior felony convictions has been charged with five more, related to drug sales and gun possession, after his arrest by the Berkeley Police Department in late March.

Arage Hayes, 51, has been charged with possession for sale of cocaine base and powder cocaine; possession of a controlled substance with a firearm — a Bryco Arms 9mm; possession of a firearm by a felon; and the obliteration of the identification number on the firearm.

According to court papers, Berkeley Police officer Christopher Bonaventure served a search warrant for Hayes at his home in the 1100 block of 24th Street in West Oakland in October.

Hayes was not home during the search, but police said they found cocaine base and powder cocaine packaged for sale, a fraudulent credit card and an unloaded pistol that had been hidden inside a jacket. The serial number of the gun had been filed off, according to court papers. … Continue reading »

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Man arrested after impersonation at Berkeley bank

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A Hercules man has been charged with identity theft and forgery after walking into a Berkeley bank and pretending to be someone else earlier this month, authorities said.

Randeep Randhawa, 30, reportedly entered the Chase Bank at 2390 Shattuck Ave. on Jan. 6 with a doctored driver’s license and tried to change another man’s account information, according to court papers.

Authorities said Randhawa gave the teller a color photocopy of a California driver license as identification, along with bank account information, and asked that changes, including phone numbers and debit cards, be made to his account.

He also asked that she activate a card he received in the mail, according to a report filed by the Berkeley Police Department. … Continue reading »

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Authorities link woman to $19,000 Berkeley make-up heist

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A San Pablo woman is in custody after police linked her vehicle to the theft of more than $19,000 in make-up products from the MAC Cosmetics store on Berkeley’s Fourth Street.

Kristen Hale, 32, is set to appear before an Alameda County judge Thursday for the continuation of her pre-trial hearing in connection with identity theft, receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance charges.

According to court documents, surveillance footage from the burglary, on Nov. 19, led police to Hale. A Berkeley Police officer who reviewed the footage said it showed two people get out of a car just before 4 a.m., use a rock to break into the MAC store at 1850 Fourth, and steal the merchandise.

Police got the vehicle’s license plate from the footage, and found that the vehicle was registered to Hale. … Continue reading »

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News Group chief responds to Berkeley privacy breach

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Following this week’s disclosure by Berkeley city staff that roughly 11,000 municipal employee social security numbers had been erroneously divulged to a local media outlet in March, the media outlet’s managing editor said Tuesday that he doubted the data could have been compromised, though it had been “passed around” by employees over email.

Bert Robinson, managing editor for the Bay Area News Group, said the news outlet collects public employee salary and benefit information each year for an online database that is “very popular” on the company’s website. Reporters send 900 requests each year to public agencies to collect data for the project. Robinson said this was the first year “usable information” had been received from Berkeley. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley shared SSNs from 11,000 current, past staff

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It emerged Tuesday afternoon that more people than previously thought had their social security numbers inadvertently released to a local news organization due to an error by a city of Berkeley employee.

City Manager Christine Daniel said Tuesday that the social security numbers of about 11,000 active and former employees were included in its response to a public information request about salaries from the Bay Area News Group last month.

On Friday Daniel said letters were sent to about 2,000 active city employees on April 15 alerting them to the mistake. … Continue reading »

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City apologizes for inadvertent release of employee SSNs

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A Berkeley municipal staff member mistakenly disclosed the social security numbers of everyone who works for the city while responding to a public records request, and the city recently sent a letter to staff informing them of the error.

One staffer, who asked not to be identified, called the mistake “appalling,” and another criticized the city for taking weeks to inform employees about the breach. … Continue reading »

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ID theft may affect 931 Berkeley ambulance customers

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A total of 931 people who used Berkeley’s Fire Department ambulance services have had their personal information accessed inappropriately and are susceptible to identify theft, according to the City of Berkeley.

Advanced Data Processing (ADPI), the ambulance billing vendor for Berkeley, told the city on Oct. 1 that patient account information from the ambulance billing system had been illegally accessed by an ADPI employee.

Berkeley has begun notifying people that information including their name, date of birth and social security number may have been stolen from an agency that collects bills for ambulance services carried out by the Berkeley Fire Department. Medical records were not accessed. … Continue reading »

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BHS head of security allegedly stole from teacher

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The Berkeley High School Safety Committee is scheduled to meet today at 4:30 to discuss its school safety plan, but with the recent arrest of Billy Keys, the head of security, there is uncertainty about how to proceed.

Keys, who chaired the committee for years until this fall, was completing a statistical analysis about the number of truants, detentions, altercations, and crimes that happened in the 2010-2011 school year, information that was critical for the annual report required by the state.

“We’re kind of in a tizzy since he was putting all the data together,” said Dave Peattie, a former BHS parent who serves on the safety committee.

The arrest of Keys, 41, a fixture around Berkeley High, has caused anguish and confusion among parents and staff, even those who were critical of him. … Continue reading »

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BHS head of security accused of identity theft

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Billy Keys, who headed up security at Berkeley High School and who was instrumental in formulating new policies after the spate of gun incidents at the school in 2011, has been arrested on allegations of identity theft.

Berkeley police took Keys into custody on Thursday after an investigation, according to an email sent out by BHS Principal Pasquale Scuderi Friday afternoon. Keys has been placed on administrative leave while the school district looks into the matter, Scuderi wrote.

“In an attempt to head off speculation and to be out in front of any rumors, I want to inform you of a very difficult development that has occurred within the Berkeley High School Community,” Scuderi wrote. “…BHS will continue to hold the highest expectations for all of its staff and students and place no one above consequences if and when their actions jeopardize the integrity or security of our school.” … Continue reading »

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