Couple used Navy links to steal 9K identities, officials say

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Posted at 1:31 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 16:31:45-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a California couple used their status with the U.S. Navy to access the personal information of more than 9,000 people that they sold for use in identity thefts.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that the husband was a chief petty officer with the Navy’s Seventh Fleet in 2018. His wife was a naval reservist in California.

The indictment says they sold that personal information to others in exchange for payments in bitcoins of at least $160,000.

The husband's defense attorney says the couple accessed the database as part of the scope of their work.