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Publish Date: 8/25/2005

FBI eyes broker
Woman accused of identity theft


BOULDER — A former mortgage broker accused of stealing a client’s identity is being investigated by the federal government, a Boulder County prosecutor said Wednesday.

The case against 40-year-old Jennifer Riley is on hold during the federal investigation, according to prosecutor Katharina Booth. Her arraignment, which was scheduled for Wednesday morning, has been delayed for at least two months.

Riley is next scheduled to appear in court Oct. 14.

FBI Special Agent Monique Kelso said her agency would investigate mortgage fraud if the victim were a federally insured institution. However, she declined to comment on any specific case.

“We’re not in a position to confirm or deny that we do have an investigation going,” Kelso said Wednesday.

Riley was arrested May 13 after she was accused of using a longtime client’s Social Security number to open four credit accounts, according to an affidavit from Longmont Police Detective Darin Marsing. She is facing charges of theft of more than $15,000 and criminal impersonation.

Howard Bittman, Riley’s defense attorney, would not comment on the case Wednesday.

According to the affidavit, Riley opened one of those accounts with MBNA, a credit-card company that also offers savings accounts and loans. MBNA closed Riley’s account in January 2005, when it was more than 90 days past due and more than $19,000 was owed, the affidavit stated.

MBNA is insured by the FDIC, according to the company’s Web site.

Riley is accused of opening other accounts through Wells Fargo and Citigroup using the same client’s Social Security number, according to Marsing’s affidavit.

John Christoff, who supervised Riley when she worked at Inspired Lending, said he has not been contacted by federal investigators. Riley did not have access to most customers’ personal information while she worked there, Christoff said.

The woman who accused Riley of using her Social Security number to open the accounts did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Victoria Camron can be reached at 303-684-5226, or by e-mail at vcamron@times-call.com.

 

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