nypost.com- A Texas mom has been busted for stealing the identities of Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta and Walmart heiress Alice Walton, claiming she bought at least one of them on the darknet for just $10, according to reports.
Self-made billionaire Fertitta, 62, first alerted cops that his identity was being used to open fake credit cards after getting tipped off by the theft-prevention firm Lifelock, cops said in a release Wednesday.
It quickly led to 27-year-old mom Stephanie Hunter, police said — because she used her home address in suburban Houston.
She confessed to trying to get credit cards and buy items by using the name and Social Security number of the local hoops team owner, who Forbes says is worth $4.8 billion, the Harris County Constable’s Office said.
But she had an even bigger target — with cops saying they found “at least a dozen other potential victims,” including heiress Walton, 70, whom Forbes lists as the state’s richest person, worth $50.3 billion.
Hunter confessed to the Fertitta theft — telling cops his Social Security number cost her “roughly $10” on the darknet using bitcoin, according to Click2Houston, citing court documents.
“I didn’t even know who he was, honestly,” Hunter said, calling it a “dumb mistake,” according to the site. “I didn’t know who he was at all.”
In early February, investigators arrested Hunter and confiscated three laptops, four desktop computers, an iPad, six credit cards, a driver’s license and a Social Security card, each with different names, the report said.
Hunter previously worked for Apple tech support, the report said.
She was arrested on felony charges of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information and making a false statement to obtain credit.
Additional charges related to the extra victims are pending, cops said, while appealing for others to come forward.
“Identity theft is so prevalent,” said Constable Alan Rosen. “This case should serve as a warning to everyone that they should take steps to protect their good name and credit.”