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News Release

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Media Relations

Detectives Investigate Identity Theft/Rental Scam Suspect NR20041jc

Hollywood: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division are investigating an identity theft suspect who may be linked to rental scams throughout the city.

On February 12, 2020, detectives arrested Courtney Lane Joseph from Inglewood for identity theft. Ms. Joseph was attempting to use a victim's social security number to obtain credit authorization for an apartment rental in the Hollywood area. Detectives believe Joseph planned to rent apartments with the victim's information with the intention to sublease to unsuspecting people. Ms. Joseph would then be able to collect the rent up-front from victims who would have no knowledge of the scam. By renting the apartment with the identity theft victim's information, Joseph would be able to escape financial culpability if she were to default on rental payments, passing the negative credit entry to the victim.

Detectives are seeking additional victims connected to Ms. Joseph.

Courtney Lane Joseph

Additional victims or anyone with information is urged to call Hollywood Burglary Detective Patrick Aluotto at (213) 972-2929. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.