Palo Alto Weekly

Cover Story - March 9, 2012

Palo Alto financial crimes by the numbers

All financial crimes, 2010

Offense Total

Identity theft/Credit cards 73

Identity theft/Miscellaneous 51

Credit cards/Fraudulent use 43

Identity theft/Fraud 22

Checks/Forgery 13

Elder Abuse/Financial 12

Embezzlement/Miscellaneous 12

Identity theft/Outside investigation 12

Forgery/Miscellaneous 11

Identity theft/Internet 10

Checks/Counterfeit 8

Counterfeiting/Miscellaneous 7

Checks/Miscellaneous 5

Dependent-adult abuse/Finance 5

Credit card/Miscellaneous 4

Checks/Non-sufficient funds/Closed account 2

2010 total 290

All financial crimes, 2011

Offense Total

Identity theft/Credit cards 100

Identity theft/ Miscellaneous 47

Elder abuse/Finance 28

Identity theft/Outside investigation 18

Embezzlement/Miscellaneous 17

Credit cards/Fraudulent use 14

Identity theft/Fraud 12

Checks/Forgery 10

Identity theft/Internet 5

Checks/Counterfeit 4

Forgery/Miscellaneous 4

Dependent-adult abuse/Finance 3

Checks/Non-sufficient funds/Closed account 2

Counterfeiting/Miscellaneous 2

False personation 2

Credit card/Miscellaneous 1

Checks/Miscellaneous 1

Credit card/Internet fraud 1

2011 total 271

Source: Palo Alto Police Department

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