Crime, Fire + Courts

DA receives grant to investigate identity theft, piracy crimes

By From page A3 | October 07, 2012

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced last week his office’s receipt of a $56,805 grant from the California Attorney General’s Office to investigate identity theft and intellectual property cases.

Funding from this grant will be used to train digital forensic investigators and purchase forensic equipment for the high technology lab, used by the DA’s Office to investigate numerous identity theft and counterfeiting cases each year.

In one recent case, a bookkeeper was found to have embezzled more than a half-million dollars from an elderly woman, Reisig said. A high-tech investigator was able to prove that the bookkeeper fraudulently created and back dated documents on her computer, which eventually led to her conviction.

“These kinds of cases are becoming more common,” Reisig said in a news release. “This grant will allow the District Attorney’s Office to continue our efforts to protect our community from identity theft and intellectual property theft.”

Lauren Keene

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