12-12-2018 | News
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PA - Lawyer Steals Wife’s Identity To Open Credit Cards to Fund Porn, Strippers
A general practice lawyer who had been accused of defrauding his clients in the past didn’t spare even his former wife, stealing her identity to open credit cards which he then used to lavishly finance his lewd hobbies- porn and strippers.
38-year-old Joshua Janis faces multiple felony counts of identity theft, forgery, access device fraud, and theft. Authorities have discovered he set up accounts at NetCredit, Capital One, Keybank, Chase, T-Mobile, Bank of America, Citibank, Comcast, and AT&T under his ex-wife’s name. He used his wife’s personal information including her name and social security number to get away with his fraud.
Janis’ wife, Jennifer Hulnick-Janis, already filed for separation in December last year, followed by a filing for divorce. It was after their separation that the ex-wife noticed her husband’s fraudulent ways. She saw discrepancies on her credit card, so she decided to pay to get a credit report.
The report revealed to Hulnick-Janis that her ex-husband had set up accounts in her name without her knowledge and consent, of course. She also learned more shocking things, like her ex-husband incurring more than $20,000 in unpaid expenses under her name.
There were also other accounts that have fraudulent expenses ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The District Attorney’s office even reported that in one loan account in the victim’s name, the defendant accepted an annual percentage interest rate of 98.6 percent.
Janis spent scandalously on business expenses, strip club charges, and pornography, and charged these to his ex-wife.
The lawyer tried to cover his crimes by hiding a mailbox key from his ex-wife and intercepting the bills to prevent her from finding out sooner the fraud he was up to.
But it looks like he won’t get away with his illegal activities for so long. Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said:”The defendant did not hesitate to defraud clients, colleagues, and even his wife. Anybody who had any significant contacts with the defendant needs to check and determine if they were victims of the defendant’s greed.
Janis is alleged to have also stolen from more than two dozen clients worth almost $100,000.
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