News UPDATE: SPD Investigating Assistant Attorney General For Fraud, Identity Theft on Adult Hookup Sites
posted by September 3 at 15:29 PMon
Originally posted last night at 9pm.
The Seattle Police Department and King County Prosecutor’s office are investigating a Washington State assistant attorney general for alleged fraud and identity theft related to several adult hookup sites.
Earlier this month, according to a police report, a woman told police that someone had been impersonating her online and had arranged sexual encounters under her name, giving out her phone number. The report says that between December 25th, 2006 and May 15th, 2008, the woman received between 25 and 30 phone calls from people looking for sex.
According to court documents, the first incident occurred on Christmas day in 2006, when the victim received a telephone call from a Tacoma couple who claimed they had arranged a meeting on Adult Friend Finder to have sex with her. The couple told the woman that a person claiming to be her had given out her name and phone number to arrange a tryst.
Records say that over the next year and a half, the woman received one or two calls a week from people looking for sex. Some of the callers were from New York City, Florida, and California. The callers—a number of whom were female—all said someone claiming to be the victim had contacted them on Adultfriendfinder.com or Fling.com, using handles like BiseattleBi06 and Mellywood. Some of the callers said they had received photos from the impersonator, which were not of the victim. Most of the accounts have been removed, but one account on Adultfriendfinder lists the account holder as a 24-year-old Seattle woman who is “lookin to play, willing to travel.” The account also includes a picture of a young brunette woman.
In May 2007, five months after the calls began, the victim contacted the FBI and Seattle Police. Authorities subpoenaed information from Adultfriendfinder and the accounts were then traced to a Washington state IP address that belongs to the assistant Attorney General.
Police asked the woman if she recognized the assistant Attorney General’s name and she identified him as the husband of a former co-worker at a local news station. The victim had also lived in the same Seattle neighborhood as the assistant AG and his wife until 2007, when they moved outside of Seattle. The Stranger is not naming the man as no charges have been filed.
According to court records, the victim told police that after her former co-worker and the co-worker’s husband moved out of her neighborhood, she still saw him walking near her home a half-dozen times, sometimes alone, sometimes with a stroller. Neighbors also told her they’d seen the man in the neighborhood.
On July 31st, police searched the man’s home and took 16 CDs, a USB drive, 2 digital storage cards, an RSA encryption device, a laptop, paperwork, and three cameras.
Kristin Alexander, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, says the AG’s office has been informed of the investigation but has not put the employee on leave. Alexander also says it does not appear that any state computers were used to access Adultfriendfinder.com or Fling.com.
The man being investigated has been with the attorney general’s office for nine years.