SAN DIEGO — A Chula Vista man denied in federal court Friday that he helped hack into the computer servers of a major U.S. mortgage broker to access personal information and use it to siphon funds from the accounts of thousands of people.
Jason Ray Bailey, 38, allegedly was part of a Tijuana-based conspiracy that stole mortgage applications containing customers’ personal identification information, including names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses, assets, tax information and driver’s license numbers.
A co-defendant, 38-year-old Victor Alejandro Fernandez of Mammoth Lakes, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the same charges of computer hacking and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Between December 2012 and last June, the defendants allegedly stole personal information from about 4,200 people and used it to open credit lines in their names and steal their assets, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in San Diego.
Once the defendants gained control of the accounts, accomplices wired victims’ funds — sometimes in excess of $30,000 at a time — to co- conspirators’ bank accounts in the San Diego and Calexico areas, prosecutors allege.
Bailey and Fernandez — who each face up to 35 years in prison and a fine of $1.25 million in the case — are scheduled for detention hearings next week.