A 34-year-old community college student has been arrested for allegedly stealing hundreds of identities and using money that wasn’t hers to pay for school and other personal items.
Investigators spent almost nine months sorting through thousands of pieces of evidence before arresting West LA College student Reon Jordan at her South LA home Tuesday. The investigation began after someone at West LA College noticed suspicious transactions.
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Jordan previously worked at ABEO, a medical billing company with offices in Pasadena. According to officials, that’s how Jordan obtained her victims’ information. She had worked there since 2008, but had supposedly lost her job due to downsizing. She then enrolled in West LA College.
"She was paying for classes to learn how to be a certified medical billing professional," LA County Sherffs’s Dept. Capt. Mike Parker said.
Jordan allegedly used fraudulently obtained credit card numbers to pay for classes, hair extensions, clothing, jewelry and flights to Alaska, officials said.
"Those people who were victims in this case range from locally in Santa Monica and Los Angeles and Malibu and Topanga, to as far away as Mammoth Lakes, California and Meridian, Mississippi,” Parker said.
Victims were also identified in Tennesee as well as Torrance.
Investigators found that Jordan was in possession of more than 400 identity profiles and more than 200 credit card numbers for other victims.
To date, 23 victims have been identified, but officials believe there may be more.
Reon now faces charges of grand theft, burglary and unauthorized use of personal identifying information. She is being held in lieu of $1.2 million bail.
Parker said the investigation is ongoing, widespread, and more arrests may be coming.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the LA County Sheriff’s Department’s Community College Bureau at (323) 669-7555.