Man accused of stealing Harris County employees' identities

A man is in jail after police say he stole the ID from dozens of people, including some Harris Co. sheriff's office employees
February 4, 2014 8:25:26 PM PST
A man accused of stealing the identities of Harris County employees is under arrest, and only Eyewitness News was there as he was taken into custody.

So far, prosecutors say seven of the ID theft victims are Harris County Sheriff's Office employees. Not much information is being given to us about what departments those victims worked in, but we do know some are officers.

We were there as Benjamin Barron, 38, was handcuffed and taken away by undercover HPD officers. He was in court Tuesday for two other ID theft cases. So this arrest makes it his third, and includes the most victims.

According to court papers, Barron was using a Dropbox account to store identifying information of his victims and lines of credit he opened under their name. Court papers state he used up to 25 computers to access this Dropbox account. They also found instructions on how to find PIN codes for credit cards, how to counterfeit driver's licenses, access security codes and some ID theft blog entries.

Harris County prosecutor Ed McClees said, "They notified have personally notified the victims who they have been able to identify so far. They are still working on trying to identify other people who may be ID theft victims in this case."

Court papers did not state how much Barran purchased with the lines of credit he's accused of opening.

The other two previous ID theft charges he faces included a transaction at a jewelry store in Montgomery County.

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