Nassau County DA Rice: 2 Women Used Craigslist To Steal Hundreds Of Identities

Allegedly Used Them To File For More Than $500,000 In Fraudulent Tax Refunds

ROSLYN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — They are said to have preyed on the elderly and those struggling to find affordable housing or a better-paying job.

There are now stinging allegations on Long Island, where a duo of female suspects is charged with stealing hundreds of identities and then claiming the victims’ tax refund checks, reports CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera speaks with one of the alleged victims

The suspect from Roslyn slammed her door in McLogan’s face on Thursday. Later, her alleged partner in crime, living in the lap of luxury in Rockville Centre, refused to buzz McLogan in.

“Pain, animosity, all down the line, because how can two people do this to 250 people across the country?” John Oldring said.

Oldring, who lives in Glenwood Landing, is one of the victims whose identities were stolen, and used to file for more than half a million dollars in fraudulent tax refunds, bank loans, and credit cards.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

On Thursday, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice charged 42-year-old Susan Pemberton of Rockville Centre and 22-year-old Cynthia Sibert of Roslyn with grand larceny and scheme to defraud in this high-tech crime with a new twist.

“The scammers use that information to fill out tax returns. They were filed with state tax department and they received thousands of dollars of taxpayer money that went directly into their pockets,” Rice said.

Related: Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

Using Craigslist, prosecutors claim the scammers lured in the vulnerable, offering fake jobs and fake housing to the desperate, who then shared their names, addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers online.

Extra: Alleged Craigslist ID Theft Job Application

Armed with the secure information the suspects allegedly filed fraudulent state and federal tax returns and were able to collect the big, fat refunds at local rental mail boxes.

The suspects’ homes were raided, resulting in check books and credit cards by the hundreds and luxury goods, including a $175 pair of Gucci baby shoes, authorities said.

“My tax returns were scammed. Identity theft. It’s just heartbreaking for everybody involved,” Oldring said.

Victims fear they will never see their refund checks from the state and federal government. The suspects have apparently spent it all. They will plead not guilty at their arraignments later this month.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below …

  • Brian

    royallen that was a stupid reply. To call someone a welfare recipient (notice how I spelled it correctly) is presumptuous.

  • stetson

    theres no way these two thought of this on their own Whos the real mastermind?

  • Wrapper

    If only they had applied this much effort and talent doing actual legitimate work. Not too bright to rip people off via the IRS. You don’t mess with the IRS.

    Hope they enjoy Leavenworth.

  • Bartholomew Harte

    I hope they go to Hell for 20 or so years!-They didn’t rob a Bank orWall st,they
    robbed from people in dire straits& should get the Max on these charges.
    As for “Craigslist”,They Warn everyone,Buyer Beware !

  • royallen

    I hope the punishment is comensorate with the ongoing crimes…………a long,long,long prison term for each of these lovelies

  • the bitch

    stupid bitches

  • Bullett

    So two fat ladies found a loop hole in our elite IRS system? Should we be surprised? I think not.But sooner, rather then later, they (thief’s) all get caught.

  • John Zaffino

    SS numbers should be for the purpose of working only, and should not be required until the actual start date of the job. This would cut down on this kind of fraud.

    • Ziggy

      It is needed for background checks.

      • no privacy anymore

        thats right so people’s privacy can be invaded and made public for about 20 bucks

  • Clyde

    Nothing wrong with ripping off the IRS or state agencies. They do it to us all the time. Too bad the duo got caught.

    • Bartholomew Harte

      -Before These two Beautys got YOUR LOOT,CLYDE???

    • royallen

      Clyde your the “typical Welfare RecipianT”, I bet you voted for Obama,then again you probably didn’t vote at all, no voting booths at the unemployment office

  • Peter

    2 outstanding citizens!

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