- A New Jersey man stole identities to open more than 1800 online gambling accounts.
- The man also committed other financial crimes, such as fraudulently applying for unemployment.
- Police arrested the man on May 14, 2021.
AUDOBON, N.J. - A New Jersey man is accused of stealing identities to open more than 1800 online gambling accounts.
Casey Ennis, 44, of Audobon, New Jersey, was charged on Tuesday with multiple crimes, including identity theft and credit card theft.
According to NJ.com, Ennis created over 1800 online gambling accounts, and funded them using other people’s identities.
He is linked to more than $50,000 in fraudulent transactions, and is accused of stealing identities and using them to open accounts for online gambling.
Ennis’ home was raided on May 14th, and more than 30 electronic devices were confiscated, along with three grams of methamphetamine.
Online gambling wasn’t the only thing that Ennis was allegedly doing with the stolen identities.
Police also accuse Ennis of opening bank accounts in other people’s names, filing fraudulent unemployment claims, and then transferring the money from the fraudulent claims through those accounts to his account.
The investigation that led to Ennis’ capture began in January 2020, after police were contacted by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.
It is worth noting that the investigation started out as an investigation into fraudulent online gambling accounts, and spiraled into discovering the network of Ennis’ crimes.
This story is yet another sobering reminder of the importance of security at online gambling providers.