FAIRFIELD — An employee of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, accused of using a workplace database to defraud a Vacaville retiree, picked the wrong person to allegedly rip off, according to court records filed Thursday.
Former Vacaville Police Sgt. Jim Mayoral got a phone call in January from a loan company seeking more information about his loan application. Mayoral did not know anything about trying to get a $1,500 loan. But the loan company employee knew a lot about him, including his name, Social Security number, date of birth, phone number, home address and email address.
A few days later, Mayoral got a call from Discover Card about his credit card application, another loan application Mayoral knew nothing about.
Mayoral, who spent 25 years as a police officer before retiring in 2011, launched his own investigation. He checked with the three major credit reporting agencies and found that someone named Koren Lamar in Sacramento had used Mayoral’s personal information to apply for several loans and credit cards, according to court records.
The retired sleuth then turned to Facebook, where he found a Koren Lamar who identified herself as a retirement specialist at CalPERS.
Mayoral’s retirement plan is with CalPERS.
Scrutiny of Lamar picked up at month’s end, when Mayoral’s wife reviewed their bank account and discovered someone had recently transferred $1,700 via PayPal to a checking account of another bank. The next day, one of Mayoral’s former co-workers called the other bank and learned the account belonged to Lamar. That led to a search warrant and Vacaville police showing up at Lamar’s home and her office. Police seized two CalPERS computers and arrested Lamar on a felony charge. She was booked into Solano County Jail.
Prosecutors have not yet charged Lamar, 40, who posted $15,000 bail a few hours after her arrest.
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