|Published:||Mar 29, 2013 5:58 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 29, 2013 6:34 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - WINK News Call For Action often warns you about people stealing your identity, even people you think you can trust. But there's a new twist in a familiar crime.
Andrew Myers, a former financial advisor from Indiana, was linked to 57 cases of identity theft after authorities say he stole the identity of his co-worker's clients. He's currently in prison.
"He stole clients information and identity profiles from both his customers and his fellow co-workers and then performed changes of addresses and opened various bank accounts in his name," said Douglas Biel, a U.S. Postal Inspector.
Myers worked for Northwestern Mutual, a trusted name, selling both investments and insurance. But his own quest for money led to his downfall.
"He was trying to live the high life. He was staying in very expensive hotels, he was flying call girls with him out to the Playboy mansion and feeding on other's people dime," said Biel.
Judy Cohen didn't know Myers, but she was one of his victims.
"You just can't believe a total stranger would target you and steal your identity," said Cohen.
Fortunately, Judy's bank promptly alerted her and her husband that someone was applying for charge cards in their names.
"They could have run up bills, we would have no clue that someone was out spending in our name," Cohen said, "no one is safe. It could happen to me again. It could be happening right now."