SACRAMENTO, CA - A woman who worked in Sacramento Regional Transit's human resources department has been charged with stealing the identities of 23 co-workers.
RT administrative analyst Amy Renee Britt, 34, was arraigned Tuesday on the 23-count felony complaint and ordered held on $250,000 bail.
RT chief operating officer Mark Longergan said Britt used the personal information of co-workers to obtain payday cash loans from various lenders.
The case came to light in June after several RT employees filed identity theft reports.
The criminal complaint alleges Britt obtained the personal information of her co-workers between Jan. 29 and July 8 of this year.
Britt was placed on administrative leave July 19 and arrested last Friday. She declined a News10 interview request at the Sacramento County Jail.
Lonergan said the victims appear to have been chosen at random from among RT's approximately 1,000 employees.
"There's no indication that there was any intent to target specific people or anything of the sort," he said. "It just seems to have been a crime of opportunity."
RT employee Jennifer Kiamco is among those named as victims in the complaint.
Kiamco said two payday loans totalling $1,300 were taken out in her name and she's still fighting to have them recognized as fraudulent.
"It's something you never want to deal with and never expect to," she said.
According to a bail memo written by an investigator, Britt obtained approximately $17,000 in cash advances and deposited the money into accounts under her control.
"Bail should be examined so that she can not bail out with the proceeds of her criminal activity," the investigator wrote.
Lonergan said the criminal complaint does not include a half dozen additional RT victims discovered more recently, and he suggested there could be even more.
"We think as of July 19 we stopped her activity," he said. "So it might take 60 to 100 days for the loan companies to be contacting people over what they believe to be delinquent loans."
Lonergan said RT is paying for credit monitoring and credit repair services for the employees who have been impacted.
by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net