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Man Gets 9 Years For Swindling Friend Out Of Life Savings

A Minneapolis man was swindled out of his life savings when he tried to help a friend in need. Investigators say Thomas Syzdek was going through a divorce and asked his friend, William Meredig, if he could stay with him.

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Dairy Queen Confirms Potential Data Breach

Edina-based Dairy Queen is the latest company hit by cyber criminals, as an undisclosed number of stores have reportedly been hit by a data breach. Information including customers’ credit and debit card data may have been lifted.

08/28/2014

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MN Inmates Charged With Filing $400K In False Tax Returns

Two inmates at a Minnesota prison are accused of filing $400,000 in false tax claims to the Internal Revenue Service, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Tony Terrell Robinson, 30, and Tanka James Tetzlaff, 39, were each charged Tuesday with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and 10 counts each of making false claims.

08/19/2014

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Fmr. Assisted Living Worker Accused Of Identity Theft

A former assisted living facility worker is accused of stealing the identity of a 92-year-old woman to buy jewelry online. According to the criminal complaint, the son of the woman noticed unusual charges from a jewelry store on her credit card statement.

08/18/2014

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Potential Data Breach Revealed By Supervalu

TA data breach at Supervalu may have impacted as many as 200 of its grocery and liquor stores and potentially affected retail chains recently sold by the company in two dozen states.

08/15/2014

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Cyber Cops: Target Hackers May Take Years To Find

Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target’s computer systems last December.

04/17/2014

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Lino Lakes Business Owner Faces Identity Theft Charges

The owner of a massage and skin care business in Lino Lakes, Minn. was charged Friday for allegedly making fraudulent charges on her customer’s accounts. Stephanie Rae Lasch, owner of Stone Water Massage & Skin Care, was charged with felony identity theft.

04/11/2014

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Minnesota’s New US Attorney Plans New Initiatives

Minnesota’s new chief federal prosecutor says he’s launching initiatives to combat human trafficking, heroin, fraud, violent crime and identity theft. It’s an ambitious agenda for U.S. Attorney Andy Luger, who was sworn in Feb. 14. He filled a post last held by B. Todd Jones, who juggled dual roles for two years as both U.S. attorney in Minneapolis and acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Washington until the Senate finally confirmed him as director last July.

04/02/2014

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Fired Gov’t Worker Charged With Accessing Info On 800 Day Care Providers

A human services worker, fired for identity theft, has been charged with burglary and theft after returning to her former workplace, stealing office equipment and accessing the private information of almost 800 daycare providers, according to the Anoka County Attorney’s office. On the evening of July 9, 2013, 53-year-old Jan Michelle Gray gained access to the fourth floor of the Anoka County Human Services Building in Blaine by telling a custodian that she forgot her badge, according to a criminal complaint.

03/27/2014

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Target Says It Ignored Early Signs Of Data Breach

Target Corp. has acknowledged its security software picked up on suspicious activity after a massive cyberattack was launched, but it decided not to take immediate action. The acknowledgement comes after Bloomberg Newsweek reported Thursday that Target’s security team in Bangalore received security alerts on Nov. 30 that indicated malicious software had appeared in its network.

03/14/2014

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Woman Convicted Of Stealing $150K From Vulnerable Relative

A 24-year-old woman was convicted Thursday of stealing more than $150,000 from a vulnerable family member, according to the Washington County Attorney’s office. Elaina Lorene Casello was convicted on multiple counts of felony theft and identity theft after stealing money from various bank accounts of an elderly relative. The theft occurred from Feb. 2011 till Dec. 2012, with Casello using the stolen funds to buy several items, in addition to paying her own bills.

03/07/2014

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Minn. Proposes Expanding Data-Breach Notification

A data breach at hometown retailing giant Target is prompting a look at Minnesota data protection laws. The theft late last year of financial and personal data from millions of customers is a driving force behind a bill that a Minnesota House commerce committee was discussing Tuesday.

02/25/2014

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Target Faces 1st MN Lawsuit In Data Breach

Target now faces its first Minnesota lawsuit following the massive data breach that’s believed to have compromised up to 110 million customers’ information. Five rural banks in southern Minnesota have reportedly joined together to file a lawsuit against the retailer.

02/25/2014

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Card Replacements After Target Breach Cost Est. $750K

The massive Target data breach is having a large impact on not just the company’s customers, but is also costing Minnesota’s credit unions hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Minnesota Credit Union Network says $750,000 has been lost.

02/20/2014

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Minn. Tax Preparer Faces 28 Tax-Related Felonies

A 64-year-old Minnetonka man has been accused of stealing clients’ refund money while working as a tax preparer, the Minnesota Department of Revenue announced Wednesday.

02/12/2014

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