Identity Fraud

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Beginning in April 1997, Edward C. Papenfuse's identity was stolen and bank accounts raided for a total of $13,915.18. The thief was a 5' 10" trim African American male weighing about 145 lbs, aged 47. At the time I was 53, not so trim Caucasian at about 200 lbs, and a public servant charged with maintaining the integrity of Maryland's historical records. He and his girl friend accomplice (a telemarketer operator whose offices were said to be at BWI, now Thurgood Marshall BWI, Airport) did not use the internet to defraud us. He stole mail from a mail truck and from the mail box on the porch. She helped him forge ecp's signature on three separate items: a state reimbursement check; an unsolicited access check which the bank clerk suggested be drawn against our home equity account; and a state credit union withdrawal check. He secured the state credit union withdrawal check by forging a stolen withdrawal slip. He then called the State Employees Credit Union to determine when the check would be delivered, and impersonated a mail carrier to steal it from our front porch mailbox. His female accomplice was persuaded with the promise of leniency to testify against him when he was finally caught after a high speed chase. She did not serve any time for her part in the crime. He was sentenced to 105 months in prison after I and another victim testified at his sentencing hearing before Federal Judge Blake in 1998. Dateline with Tom Brokaw interviewed the U.S Attorney, now Court of Appeals Judge Lynne Battaglia, and ecp about the crime in August 1998, and the next year Bill Kurtis's Investigative Reports featured the case, which included a prison interview with the defendant as "Harold" with his face hidden from the camera. Both interviews are on the CD accompanying these remarks. Also included on the CD are two newspaper articles (#1 and #2) about the crime, which provide accurate details about the court proceedings, his plea agreement, and the indictment.