College Student Allegedly Pays For Hair Extensions, Trip To Alaska With Stolen Credit Card Info
Police arrested a 34-year-old college student at her South L.A. home on Tuesday for allegedly stealing hundreds of identities through a large-scale identity theft operation.Reon Jordan was accused of using fraudulent credit cards to pay for her West Los Angeles Community College tuition, hair extensions, jewelry and flights to Alaska, according to KTLA. Detectives said Jordon had over 400 identity profiles and 200 credit card numbers. There have been 23 victims who have been identified all the way from Los Angeles to Mississippi.
Detectives were tipped off by Jordan's school when employees there became suspicious about the way she was paying for courses, reported KABC. Authorities investigated Jordon for nine months, and when they finally arrested her, they booked her for grand theft, burglary, and unauthorized use of personal identifying information, according to a statement from the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. She is being held on $1.2 million bail.
Investigators believe Jordan was able to get this personal information through her job at ABEO, a medical billing company in Pasadena, according to NBC Los Angeles. She had been working there until she was laid off due to downsizing and then later enrolled at the community college to get her certification in medical billing.
“She had been employed by the company since 2008, where she potentially had access to thousands of client identity profiles,” Dept. Kim Manatt told CBS Los Angeles.
If you have any information about this case, contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Community College Bureau at (323) 669-7555.