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Public Safety Digest

August 29, 2013

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The caller then requests payment be made in the form of prepaid credit cards. In similar requests, the resident is required to wire the money immediately or provide credit card information over the phone.

Government agencies do not work this way, police said. It is more likely a federal or IRS official would send a letter that includes all pertinent information and sets up a future appointment.

These calls should be treated as suspicious, King City police warn. Anyone who receives such a call should report it to the police and not send money until the police can determine f it?s legitimate.

Self-proclaimed animal rescuer charged with neglect

Ten of 17 neglected pets rescued in June from St. Francis All Creature Rescue and Sanctuary are available for adoption, according to a release from the SPCA for Monterey County.

Charges have been filed against Crystal Kisicki, rescue operator. Among those, she was charged with five counts of animal neglect and one count of driving on a suspended license. She has been cited to appear in court Sept. 25.

On June 15, the SPCA rescued 14 dogs and puppies, one kitten and two birds from Kisicki, who claimed to run a nonprofit rescue group adopting them out at PetSmart in Sand City.

New owners later found the pets were sick, thin and suffering from flea infestations and skin infections. The Central California SPCA later rescued an additional 61 animals from Kisicki?s property in rural Fresno County.

The available pets include a 1-year-old female cocker spaniel/poodle mix, a 3-year-old female Yorkie, a 5-month-old male Yorkie puppy, a 2-year-old female Pomeranian, a 4-year-old male Chihuahua mix, a 5-year-old female Chihuahua mix, a 3-month-old female Chihuahua puppy, a 5-month-old male terrier mix puppy, and two young cockatiels.

To adopt, please visit the SPCA at 1002 Monterey-Salinas Highway, across from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Adopters will need to agree to return to the SPCA at any time upon request if the pets need to be re-examined during the course of the cruelty case.

Police: Beware of phone scams

August 29, 2013

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COAL TOWNSHIP – Police remind residents that phone scams are common, and personal information should never be given to anyone over the telephone.

Police said several residents recently have received phone calls from people claiming the called person won a prize or money. The caller asked the winners to purchase prepaid credit cards and provide the callers with card numbers, claiming the prize money would be placed on the card. The balances on the cards were then taken and no prizes were given.

Other residents reported they received phone calls from people asking permission to remotely control the called persons home computers because of a problem with the Windows operating system. The caller then demanded money and threatened to lock the computer.

Tennessee man charged with cancer patient data breach

August 27, 2013

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Mareco BellĀ of Cordova, Tenn. was arrested this week after being charged for among the more deplorable data breaches in recent memory. Bell stole more than 500 cancer patients’ identities and filed fraudulent tax returns with the data after gaining access because he did tax work (in an unknown capacity) for the affected patients.

According to, Bell ran a significant tax fraud ring from his Tennessee home that included state drivers licenses, dozens of prepaid credit cards and 500 debit cards and PIN numbers with different names on each. Additionally, there were 10 different cancer patients’ medical documents.

Bell was arrested last week. This is a major case of identity theft here, said Chip Washington with the Shelby County Sheriffs Office. There will probably be some other individuals implicated in this crime with him that helped him ascertain and access this information, said Washington. Judge Lee Coffee set bond at $20 million and the IRS, FBI, and Secret Service are also working this case.

Even if Bell was doing the patients’ taxes, how did he gain access to their medical records and identities? There isn’t much information on where Bell worked and why no one noticed he was stealing these identities in the first place. Because the FBI and IRS are working on this case and the bail was set at $20 million, we’ll surely be hearing more on the specifics of how this breach occurred.