Suspect Scammed Victim For About $15K Worth In Cryptos In Connecticut After ID Mishap
A 29yr old man from Blackwood, New Jersey was charged with identity theft after allegedly stealing a phone in an airport. Darren Carter stole his victim’s phone and used is SIM-card to steal $15,472 from his or her Coinbase account.
In a statement, the Westport police says:
“The victim reported that while traveling in California his cellular phone had been stolen in an airport. A few hours after the theft of his phone, he became aware that $15,472.31 had been transferred out of his Coinbase account; an application in which crypto-currency is managed. It was learned that funds from this account were converted into United States currency which was then moved into a PayPal account.”
Taking a look at the various financial transactions records, Carter had sent an apology email intended for the victim to the investigating detective. The police report additionally states:
“In this message he not only confessed to taking the victim's phone while he was also traveling in California, but additionally admitted to transferring the victim's Coinbase funds into a personal account. The stolen $15,472.31 was recovered from PayPal and returned to the victim.”
On Aug. 26 detectives traveled to Salem County Correctional Facility in Woodstown, New Jersey to take custody of Carter. He was then extradited back to Connecticut and charged with identity theft in the first degree. Carter has been charged with identity theft, but he was actually in jail during the arrest on charges that have nothing to do with crypto.