HOLLYWOOD HILLS—Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department, Hollywood Division arrested Courtney Lane Joseph on February 12 for identity theft. Detectives believe the suspect may be linked to rental scams throughout the city.
Joseph attempted to use a victim’s social security number to obtain credit authorization for an apartment rental in the Hollywood area. Detectives believe Joseph planned to rent apartments with the victim’s information with the intention to sublease to unsuspecting people. The suspect would then be able to collect the rent up-front from victims who would have no knowledge of the scam.
Detectives are seeking additional victims connected to Joseph. Additional victims or anyone with information is asked to call Hollywood Burglary Detective Patrick Aluotto at (213) 972-2929. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.