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Houston CPS worker accused in ID theft scam

By TERRI LANGFORD Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle April 26, 2010,

Potential foster care and adoptive parents are the latest victims in
an identity fraud scheme, organized in part by a Texas Child
Protective Services worker in Houston, according to prosecutors.

Andrea Ann Daniels, a 44-year-old administrative tech, has been
charged with stealing adoptive or foster care parents' personal
information as part of the scam.

According to the Harris County District Attorney's office, she sent
personal information about these parents via text message to Phillip
James Moore Jr., 41, who then tried to apply for credit cards at
various stores. Credit card companies, noticing irregularities about
the in-store applications, contacted the Harris County District
Attorney's office.

Moore was arrested on April 17. Police traced the text messages he
received with the parents' IDs to Daniels' cell phone and she was
arrested last Friday. On Monday, a judge refused to lower her $100,000

Both Moore and Daniels are charged with fraudulent possession of
identifying information, a third-degree felony. If convicted, they
could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

At least 70 potential foster care or adoptive parents are believed to
be victims, according to the Harris County District Attorney's

Daniels' attorney, Ramon Villagomez, did not immediately return phone
calls for comment.