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    Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, Computer Hacking, and Wire Fraud

    REWARD: The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of John Gordon Baden.

    John Gordon Baden is allegedly responsible for stealing the identities of 40,000 people and then using the stolen information to siphon funds from their brokerage or bank accounts and purchasing expensive electronic items with their credit.

    In July 2014, Baden was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of California, San Diego, California. He was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, computer hacking, and wire fraud. His two co-conspirators, who have since been arrested, were indicted on similar charges.

    Baden and his co-conspirators allegedly obtained mortgage applications containing customers’ personal identification information such as names, dates of birth, social security numbers, addresses, assets, tax information, and driver’s licenses, by hacking into the company’s computer servers. While the criminal enterprise was based in Tijuana, Mexico, their victims stretched from California to Florida and states in between.

    During the period of July 2011 to August 2013, Baden and his co-conspirators allegedly engaged in a scheme, whereby they would obtain and share log-in credentials that enabled them to gain unauthorized access to a U.S. mortgage broker company’s electronic customer records and the computer application that the company used to manage these records.

    Reportedly, Baden and his co-conspirators would then use log-in credentials without authorization to access the company’s electronic records and thereby steal customers’ personal identifiable information (PII). Baden and his co-conspirators would allegedly use this stolen PII, along with PII stolen from other victims and businesses, to defraud merchants and financial institutions for their private financial gain.

    Baden may be in Tijuana, Mexico, specifically the Zona Norte or Zona Centro areas. Baden enjoys gambling and likes to play bingo.

    Date(s) of Birth Used: August 19, 1976 Hair: Light brown/blond
    Place of Birth: New York Eyes: Hazel
    Height: 5'8"
    Weight: Approximately 175 to 195 pounds Sex: Male
    Race: White
    Nationality: American