(MEMPHIS) A federal judge sentenced Ronald black and Katrina banks taking information from people applying for an angel tree programs and filing false tax returns.
The Salvation Army runs the most well-known angel tree program, which WREG.COM proudly sponsors every year. The organization leaders are almost certain the people scammed didn't come from this program.
“We take utmost care with applications, we shred all of that information”, said Captain Barbara Rich.
The timing couldn't be worse. Tomorrow the Salvation Army will take social security numbers again as part of their normal process of helping needy families. They want to make sure people know the process is safe.
This year agent will only ask for the last five digits of your social security number. Leaders said, as always they will guard it with extreme care.
Needy families must be confident, you can’t sign up until Thursday, but Wednesday evening the phone was already ringing.
“We're not new at this we've been doing angel tree a long time” said Captain Rich. “We've put into place steps to keep this kind of thing from happening.”
There are other angel tree programs out there, and it was unclear which program was a victim of the ID theft.