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February 01, 2010

Mortgage assistant guilty of identity theft

A former mortgage assistant is awaiting sentencing after he pleaded guilty Friday to stealing information on the job and using it to commit identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In his plea agreement, 32-year-old Jason Alan Tauer of Robbinsdale admitted to stealing the files of 93 people who'd made loan applications at Ameriquest Mortgage, where he worked from March 15 to April 29, 2005. He also admitted to getting information from stolen mail and things he took from gym lockers, according to the report.
The Attorney's Office said Tauer then used the information to make fake identification documents and checks, which he used to get cash, services and other items. In one example given in the news release, Tauer obtained a U.S. Bank credit card in another person's name and withdrew cash from ATMs throughout Minnesota, sticking the victim with a $30,529.63 bill.
During a Dec. 4, 2007 search of Tauer's home, investigators found 93 files stolen from Ameriquest Mortgage as well as other documents containing information on 208 people, according to the release.
The charges in the plea agreement include two counts of bank fraud, one count of device fraud and three counts of aggravated identity theft. Though Tauer has yet to be sentenced, he could be sent to prison for more than 70 years.

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