SPRING, Texas – Investigators arrested a 28-year-old mom of two and confiscated computer systems, bank cards and different gadgets at her Spring house after they mentioned she stole billionaire Tilman Fertitta’s identification.
“It was, I imply, spur of the second,” Stephanie Hunter mentioned in an interview after her arrest. “I do apologize for it. It wasn’t one thing that I do frequently or something like that.”
Hunter mentioned she purchased Fertitta’s social safety quantity on the darkish internet utilizing Bitcoin and used it to open bank cards at Capital One Financial institution and Conn’s Residence Plus.
Lifelock, an identification theft safety firm, caught the suspicious account exercise, alerted Fertitta and he referred to as police earlier than Hunter purchased something, in accordance with courtroom paperwork.
Hunter mentioned it price her “roughly $10” to purchase his social safety quantity, which she now calls “a dumb mistake.”
“I didn’t even know who he was, actually,” Hunter mentioned, including that another person prompt she purchase his identification. “I didn’t know who he was in any respect.”
Forbes estimates that Fertitta, TV character and proprietor of Landry’s, Golden Nugget Casinos and the Houston Rockets, is price about $4.eight billion.
In accordance with courtroom paperwork, Hunter opened the fraudulent accounts on Sept. 2, 2019, and investigators arrested her a couple of month in a while an unrelated cost, and she or he confessed.
In early February, investigators arrested Hunter and confiscated three laptops, 4 desktop computer systems, an iPad, six bank cards, a driver’s license and a social card, every with completely different names.
Hunter mentioned she labored for Apple tech assist and that the confiscated computer systems had been used for work or previous and unused. She claimed to have by no means stolen anybody’s identification besides Fertitta’s.
Hunter faces a felony cost of fraudulent use of figuring out data.
Fertitta was in Austin on Tuesday and didn’t return a request for remark via his workplace.
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