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IDENTITY FRAUD INDICTMENT ANNOUNCED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL

PRESS ADVISORY

IDENTITY FRAUD INDICTMENT ANNOUNCED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL

October 13, 2000

Attorney General Thurbert Baker announced today that a grand jury in Fulton County has returned an indictment on multiple counts of identity fraud against David Lucien Rye, age 32. According to the indictment, returned Thursday, October 12, between November 1 and November 30, 1999, Rye installed a software program on Federated Systems Group’s computers in order to view and download financial information. He then attempted to use the identifying information to obtain credit both over the internet and by submitting actual paper credit applications. The 14-count indictment charges Rye with seven counts of financial identity fraud, four counts of computer forgery, and one count each of computer theft, computer invasion of privacy, and forgery in the first degree.

The case was investigated by the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs and is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Javoyne Hicks. No trial date has been set.