Man arrested for identity theft targeting Korean-Americans

He is accused of stealing personal information and possessing pills without a prescription.

October 27, 2011|By Veronica Rocha,
  • Dong Ho Han, a 49-year-old Glendale resident, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of identity theft. (Photo courtesy of the Glendale Police Department)
Dong Ho Han, a 49-year-old Glendale resident, was arrested…

A 49-year-old Glendale man is expected to appear in court today on suspicion of stealing the personal information, including Social Security numbers, of more than 90 Korean-Americans, police said.

Dong Ho Han, who is being held in lieu of $4.6-million bail, was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of identity theft, possessing a forged driver’s license or identification card and possessing pills without a prescription, according to Glendale police reports.

“There is no indication of what he was going to do with them,” Financial Crimes Sgt. Harley Wing said.

Police stopped Han about 2:30 a.m. at Los Olivos Lane and Moore Street for a traffic equipment violation when they discovered he was on probation for forgery in San Barbara County, Wing said.

During a search of Han’s car, police found dates of birth and Social Security numbers for more than 90 Koreans, he said.

Police also found prescription pills, including Oxycotin and Methadone, three or four signed blank checks and four passports in his name, but with different dates of birth, Wing said. Han also had $3,200 in cash. Wing added.


Han reportedly told police that the items didn’t belong to him.

Detectives will be contacting the owners of the checks and those whose identities were allegedly stolen.

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