‘Prolific’ ID thief was jet setter, met victims online, investigators say

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Maria Johnson is seen in photos released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

LOS ANGELES – A convicted identity thief returned to jail recently after she allegedly assumed the identities of people she met on well-known dating websites, authorities said.

Maria Christina Johnson, 43, was arrested on April 28 after the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigated a years-long case of “prolific identity theft and financial abuse,” according to the sheriff’s department.  She was taken into custody on suspicion of fraudulent activity.

Johnson “capitalized on her physical attraction” in order to meet victims through well-known dating websites and home rental sites, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Once gaining access to their home, she found their personal identifying information and allegedly used that to open lines of credit without their permission.

“She would change their mailing address and assume the victim’s identity,” the release stated.

Johnson then allegedly obtained information about the victim’s personal connections, including relatives and friends, and stole their identities as well, according to the department.

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