SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.--A man was arrested for allegedly placing job postings online that required potential employees to provide personal information on the application. The man would then use the information to open a variety of online accounts without the victim’s knowledge.
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Task Force Detectives booked 37-year-old Joel Denenny into jail for 45 felony charges. The charges include 33 counts of Identity Theft, ten counts of Forgery, one count of Possession of Stolen Property and one count of Unlawful Possession of a Payment Instrument.
The investigation into Denenny began in August of 2013. A Spokane County victim was contacted by a bank inquiring about an online application that was pending in his name. The victim found out there had been multiple credit checks completed the week prior to the bank receiving the online application which is why the bank questioned the application.
Detectives were able to identify over 90 victims, the majority of which live on the east coast.
Thirty-three of the victims responded to Investigative Task Force detectives request for information in this case.
Detectives caution citizens not to provide personal information to online job applications without researching the company, contacting someone within the company and verifying it is a legitimate business.