IPhone caught in ‘crime wave’, other Capitol rioters arrested in Apple Crime Blotter
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No charges for Sen. Richard Burr, federal charges in SBA fraud focused on iPhone, damaged iPad in Chicago police “bad home” raid, and more in the Apple Crime Blotter .
The last of a casual Appleinsider series, looking at the world of Apple-related crime.
Federal indictments for two men charged in SBA-ready-for-iPhones scam
Two men from Massachusetts who were stopped in December for an alleged fraud scheme involving fraudulent SBA disaster loans used to purchase iPhones have now been charged with federal charges.
According to the Ministry of Justice Release, the two 24-year-old men were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, four counts of wire fraud and aiding and abetting, and one count of aggravated identity theft. The two are accused of stealing people’s identities, opening fraudulent bank accounts and using these accounts to “buy a large number of iPhones for resale”.
iPhone stolen and Apple Pay used in ‘crime wave’
A woman was arrested by the Halton Regional Police Department in Oakville, Ont. described as a “wave of crimes”, consisting of 18 counts of nine different crimes committed between Christmas Eve and January 23.
The Oakville News reports that the alleged crimes included the theft of an iPhone and fraudulent use of its Apple Pay feature. But the 30-year-old is charged with more, including theft of equipment worth $ 66,000 from the Canadian offices of Rockstar Games, based in Oakville. The woman is also accused of stealing mail and a pair of jackets, one of which contained car keys, which the woman allegedly used to steal a car.
In addition to numerous thefts, including the theft of a motor vehicle and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card – presumably due to Apple Pay fees – the woman faces six counts of non-compliance of probation.
Singapore woman sentenced to nine years for stealing 25,000 iPhones from repair company
A 40-year-old woman who worked as a logistics manager for a phone repair company in Singapore was arrested for “hijacking” more than 25,000 faulty iPhones and conspiring with a man in Malaysia to sell them overseas. The woman worked for Pegatron.
According to Asia Channel News, she was imprisoned for nine years, after pleading guilty to “conspiring to commit a criminal breach of trust as a domestic servant and to have used part of the proceeds of crime to purchase a condominium”.
More Capitol Rioters Arrested Based on iPhone and iCloud Evidence
We told you last time about several individuals who face charges related to the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol. Several of these people were either filmed by other users’ iPhones or captured by location data or their own social media posts, often from iPhones.
In the second half of January, several more people were arrested and charged, also because their iPhones had betrayed them. A man has been arrested after posting a screenshot on Facebook of his iPhone showing the US Senate WiFi network.
A woman was arrested after being filmed with a pink iPhone while at the Capitol.
The Capitol Riot participant known as the “Zip Tie Guy”, according to to the criminal complaint filed against him, had shot an incriminating video throughout the day with an iPhone mounted on his chest. He captured potentially illegal actions such as “hiding weapons before entering the Capitol and how he fell in flexible handcuffs”.
No charge for Senator Burr, after iCloud data was used in the investigation
In the story of a person on Capitol Hill who was not potentially going to jail after all, the Justice Department announced on January 29 that it had closed the investigation into the suspicious stock transactions of Senator Richard Burr of Caroline du Nord, which took place following a briefing last February on the approach of the coronavirus. The New York Times reports Burr will not be charged.
In May 2020, A mandate was served on Apple, to obtain Senator Burr’s iCloud data in connection with an investigation into Burr’s stock transactions and the possibility of insider trading. The Republican senator, who also returned his iPhone to the authorities, had made more than 30 sales of shares in mid-February, the day after a briefing he received in his capacity as senator.
Burr, four years before iCloud’s tenure, had co-sponsored a bill it would have forced companies like Apple to provide confidential data on customers under investigation. The senator, who stepped down as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee after the inquiry was announced, is expected to step down from the Senate in two years.
Gang in Hong Kong stole crypto from woman with iPhone
A Hong Kong criminal gang recently pulled off a flight in which they lured a cryptocurrency trader into an office and stole the equivalent of $ 448,700 in cryptocurrency with a knife, through her iPhone. The South China Morning Post writes that this is the second recent flight of this type in this city.
“Shortly after he was handed the money, three men carrying a knife or a rod rushed out of a room and snatched the money and the iPhone from him at the threat of a knife.” police told the newspaper.
Armed robber stole iPhones from two stores
A man Between a Cricket Wireless store in South Carolina in mid-January and requested an iPhone charger. Then the man pulled out a gun and asked for iPhones, walk away with three iPhone 11s, four iPhone SEs, five iPhone 12s and six iPhone XRs, The Times and the Democrat reported. A similar theft took place the same day in a nearby Boost Mobile.
Woman says iPad was damaged in police raid on ‘bad house’
Illinois woman Recount that of Chicago SCS affiliate that the Chicago Police Department raided her home in 2019, causing thousands of dollars in damage to a television, mattress, mirror and her daughter’s iPad. But, the woman says the police had the wrong house.
The raid, which was attributed to a “bad tip” from an informant, resulted in no financial compensation for the woman, who lives in Calumet City outside of the city of Chicago. An insurance claim, she said, was denied because the damage came from a police raid.
Australian woman confronts children who stole her iPhone
A woman from Perth, Australia, had her iPhone stolen with her bag, and after police refused to investigate, She was using Find my iPhone to track down the thieves, who turned out to be 10 and 12 year old girls. According to 6PR, the two children “confessed to the theft in front of their mother and they showed me where my phone was in the pipe completely smashed”.
Two 15-year-olds arrested for theft of T-Mobile
A pair of minors were apprehended near a T-Mobile store in the Philadelphia suburb of mid-January after being spotted by a store employee trying to steal iPhones on the screen. After the suspects suggested they had guns, the store manager notified local police, who apprehended the two suspects as well as a 17-year-old woman acting as a fleeing driver.
Crimewatch PA reports that the group had traveled from Baltimore.