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ID theft hits big leagues, cops say

Officials allege suspect had 91 players’ records

By Dave Wischnowsky, Tribune staff reporter. Tribune staff reporter Carlos Sadovi and freelance reporter Barbara Bell contributed to this report: Published December 21, 2006

Searching the West Side apartment of an identity-fraud suspect this week, authorities allegedly discovered financial records belonging to 91 Major League Baseball players, including White Sox slugger Jim Thome, former Cubs outfielder Moises Alou and star Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez.

David Dright, 38, of the 5200 block of West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, allegedly plucked discarded–and unshredded–loan applications, tax returns and other private documents earlier this year from a trash bin near the Northbrook offices of SFX Baseball, which negotiates contracts for professional baseball players.

“He was Dumpster-diving and happened to go into one by an office building in Northbrook,” said Lincolnshire Police Detective John-Erik Anderson, whose department launched the investigation after an identity-fraud complaint from a resident who works with the Chicago Bulls.

“But I don’t think he realized the extent of what he pulled out of there,” Anderson said. “He recognized the names of some of the [major-leaguers], but I don’t think he really knew. It was totally random.” Crosscut-n-shred all personal info:

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