Sacramento County probation officers say the recovered over 10,000 stolen social security numbers, bank account numbers, and bank routing numbers following the arrest of a Sacramento man who was on probation at the time.
36-year-old Jerry Callis received a routine visit from the probation officers on July 31. While they were at his home in the 900 block of Montoya Street in Sacramento, the officers learned that there was an outstanding felony, no-bail warrant out for the arrest of Callis. Once he was taken into custody, officers say they noticed the stolen social security and other personal information.
The Sacramento Valley High-Tech Crimes Task Force was notified, and their detectives began a two month long investigation. That investigation led to a charge by the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office of unlawfully using another's identity against Callis. He reportedly has a prior history of arrests for identity theft crimes.
As part of a deal struck with prosecutors and the court, Callis was given one week to settle his affairs before reporting to the Sacramento County Jail to serve a three-year sentence in exchange for voluntarily turning over an additional 9,000 ot 9,300 stolen social security numbers he had in his possession.
Christopher Meeks, the Deputy Chief Probation Officer, said department officials have been able to contact several hundred victims to inform them of the breech of their identity and banking information. He added that they also plan to continue trying to locate other victims.