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Identity Theft - Deleted Post

Original post made by John P Johns, another community, on Mar 7, 2010

Dear Readers:

The following is a post I wrote this morning. This post was deleted within an hour by Mr. Richard Hine.

I have by way of another post inquired of Mr. Hine as the reason for taking this post down.

It is my sincere hope that Mr. Hine will allow this post to remain. It is my sincere belief that this post is consistent with the Town Square terms of use.


On March 4, 2010 I filed a complaint with the Atherton Police Department that I was the victim of identity theft.

During my tenure as Atherton's Finance Director, my Town issued credit card was used fraudulently by unknown persons to subscribe to various interned dating services.

Based upon conversations I have had recently with various Atherton residents, it is my understanding that a member of the Atherton City Council has assembled a dossier on my person. This dossier includes copies of the internet dating related credit card charges and one or more e-mails sent to my Town of Atherton e-mail account purportedly in response to postings I allegedly placed on certain unspecified internet dating sites.

It is also widely known that I was subject to a nine-month long criminal investigation by the San Mateo County District Attorney. I have recently learned that among the allegations that I was investigated for was the improper use of Town issued credit cards, including the aformentioned charges to internet dating sites.

The purpose of this posting is twofold. First of all I want to caution readers that they should be careful with their credit cards and I mean very careful.

My experience is that being a victim of identity theft can do more than wreck one's credit history, it can wreak havoc on one's marriage. It can even land someone in jail.

The second purpose of this post is to call upon the member of the Atherton City Council who has assembled a dossier on my person to turn over the dossier to the Atherton Police Department so that the circumstances surrounding my identity theft complaint can be investigated promptly and fully.

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Mar 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

John Johns,

Thank You again for making public some very personal alleged attacks against you. This amount of allegations would normally cripple most people. The vast majority of the public believes the Police Department, and the District Attorney when allegations are made as they should. We should trust these people.

For a council member to have a dossier on you is pretty unusual, for someone to steal your identity is pretty unusual, What are the odds of that happening, lets look at the time frame and who and what was in the Town of Atherton during that period.

R.E.A.C.T. TASK FORCE certainly had the ability to accomplish identify theft.

[PORTION DELETED: Town Square is not the place to accuse someone of a crime. ]

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