first_imgA sharp increase in the use of online rental applications since the start of the coronavirus pandemic has caused a consequent jump in red flags for fraud. The percentage of so-called fraud triggers detected by TransUnion increased nearly 30% from March to August, according to the credit reporting agency. TransUnion defines fraud triggers as applicant statuses with failed authentication and/or identified as high risk. They reached a high of 15.2% in August, compared with 10.3% over the same period last year.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –  “What Covid has done is accelerated the rental industry’s adoption of technologies in the digital environment to become contactless,” said Maitri Johnson, vice president of TransUnion’s tenant and employment business. “As this acceleration into the digital environment has occurred, it also has opened up the prevalence of fraud much more so.” As a result, the multifamily rental industry is now at higher risk. Since the pandemic began, the frequency of actual fraud incidents has jumped by nearly 50%, according to TransUnion’s survey of 82 multifamily executives. Another quarter saw up to 100 instances of fraud in their portfolios in the past year. While many were able to flag fraudsters before they moved in, 41% said they missed it, and the applicant moved in. These fraud cases are largely about faking the identity of the tenant. They include using someone else’s driver’s license, stealing someone else’s Social Security number from the dark web or inventing a new identity entirely, known as synthetic fraud.- Advertisement – Sign advertising apartments for rent in the Upper East Side in New York City.Adam Jeffery | CNBCcenter_img – Advertisement –  Synthetic fraud involves building a credit profile for a person who doesn’t exist and then using that profile to open credit cards to buy merchandise. The rental home then becomes a part of the crime. “Taking this fictitious persona, applying for apartment home, it all checks out, and they get access to an apartment home, and they eventually use it as a drop zone for all their spend. Then they will skip out in the middle of the night,” Johnson said. It all leaves the landlord holding the bag. Two in 3 executives told TransUnion they were concerned about fraud growth within their communities. With thousands of valid tenants now behind on their rent because of the pandemic, this only adds to the burdens of property management companies and adds to the losses of property owners.“If you’re trying to evict someone, but that someone doesn’t exist, how do you do that?” Johnson said.last_img read more


first_imgRookie Brett McConnell from Henderson found victory lane again in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts. Bassett caught Tim Bergerson for the lead in the Saturday night main event for Karl Kustoms North­ern SportMods and led to the checkers. Vince Corbin completed a late drive to second. Eric Bassett made his first visit this season to victory lane at Arlington Raceway after winning the Saturday night Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty) ARLINGTON, Minn. (Aug. 1) – After making his move on the 10th time around the track, Eric Bas­sett made his first trip this season to victory lane at Arlington Raceway. Once again, Cory Probst had the car to beat in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature as he took the front spot on the second lap and was chased across the stripe by Matt Olsen. After working his way steadily to the front of the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car field, Bill Johnson had the lead when lap nine was scored and set sail the rest of the way. Dan Mackenthun caught pole starter Jeff McCollum and won the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. Dalton Magers led the IMCA Modified feature from start to finish. Clint Hatlestad was able to get around Josh Ruby following a restart but could not catch Magers and settled for second.last_img read more


first_imgOriginal Story- Wednesday, troopers with the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post arrested a 21-year-old Jennings County man on charges of Child Molesting and Child Solicitation.The investigation by Indiana State Police Detectives began when allegations of child molesting were made against Jon W. Anthony, 21, North Vernon.During the course of the investigation, Detectives determined that Anthony allegedly molested a child under the age of 14 at a location in Jackson County.  The investigation also determined that Anthony contacted a second child under the age of 14 on social media and attempted to solicit the child for sexual contact. Allegations have been stirring for months on a popular North Vernon social media page with screenshots of his interactions on social with young girls allegedly using different aliases.  The investigation ultimately led to a warrant being issued for Jon Anthony. Anthony was arrested Wednesday without incident at his residence.  He was incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail pending his initial appearance in the Jackson County Circuit Court on allegations of Child Molesting and Child Solicitation. Seymour, IN—Update—On Wednesday, Indiana State Police Detectives arrested Jon Wesley Anthony, age 21, North Vernon, on Jackson County charges of one count of Child Molesting and one count of Child Solicitation after an investigation into allegations made against Anthony.  The investigation determined that he contacted two children under the age of 14 on various social media accounts.  He met one of the victims and had sexual contact with the victim in Jackson County.  Anthony allegedly attempted to solicit the second victim for the purpose of engaging in sexual contact.Anthony was arrested Wednesday and incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail.Today, an additional warrant out of Jennings County was issued for Jon Anthony.  He faces two additional counts of Child Molesting and one count of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor.  The new charges stem from the same investigation where Anthony allegedly contacted the underage victims on social media.  Anthony often contacted the victims while stating he was a hair stylist and wanted to meet them to cut their hair.  Anthony then allegedly had inappropriate contact with the victims when they met.The new warrant was served on Jon Anthony while he remains incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail.  After his initial hearing in the Jackson County Circuit Court, Anthony will soon face an initial appearance in the Jennings County Circuit Court.last_img read more