This news brief was first published in The Forward.
A UJA-Federation of New York employee was sentenced in Manhattan Supreme Court to six to 18 years in prison for stealing and selling personal information of donors, the New York Post reported yesterday. Tracey Nelson, 25, who had worked as a clerk for the organization for three years, was part of a $2 million identity theft operation that targeted banks and a car dealership, in addition to the Federation.
For two and a half years, Nelson photographed donor checks, and sold the names, address, and credit card account information of approximately 200 Federation donors to others who used them to order duplicate cards or open and plunder dummy accounts. She was fired in summer 2011 after the theft was detected.
Among the donors whose personal info was stolen were former AIG chief executive Maurice “Hank” Greenberg and billionaire investor Ira Rennert. The finances of the individuals whose identities were stolen were not impacted, as banks and credit card companies covered the losses.
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