CHICAGO – A 38-year-old Chicago man was charged with stealing the identities of 27 Lake County residents, and is suspected of stealing the identities of almost 90 Major League Baseball players, according to Lake County authorities.
David Dright faces 27 counts of identity theft involving "ordinary people" who live in Lake County, said Patricia Fix, chief deputy of the high-tech crime unit for the Lake County state's attorney's office.
A search of Dright's home Tuesday turned up personal information on retired and current ball players, including Chicago White Sox slugger Jim Thome and New York Mets outfielder Moises Alou, Fix said.
The information apparently came from trash bins outside Northbrook, Ill.-based SFX Baseball Inc., a sports agency that deals with Major League Baseball.
Dright allegedly went into trash bins outside SFX and took the personal information, Fix said. Evidence was found inside Dright's apartment after another man complained that Dright stole his identity, she said.
"Fortunately, it does not appear that any of our clients have been adversely affected," SFX General Counsel Robert Greenwald said in a statement issued Wednesday evening. "... We will continue to work to ensure that no identities were compromised."
Bond was set Wednesday at $250,000. Dright is in custody in the Lake County Jail, in northeastern Illinois, and it was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.
The alleged victim who first complained lives in Lincolnshire in Lake County. Lincolnshire police were helped in their investigation by the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Fix said.
Evidence found in Dright's home included Social Security numbers, dates of birth, canceled paychecks, obituaries and infant death records.
Charges related to the baseball players would have to come from the counties where they live, Fix said. The police are contacting all the potential victims, she said.