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Teenager pretending to run big business steals identity and urine from 30 job applicants

By Mason White 12:13 PM October 11, 2015
Gerald Washington 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A teenager of Florida, caused many people to be without a job after promising them employment at a business that did not exist.

Police have arrested the teenager who pretended to be running a big business that was hiring people so that he can steal their identity.

19-year-old Gerald Washington rented space in an office building and posted advertisements for job openings.

The advertisement stated that Howard Enterprises, was looking to hire 1,100 people in the Tallahassee area.

Police said that Washington, invited the applicants for interviews at which time he took their social security numbers, bank account information for direct deposit, and urine samples.

Many of the victims quit their current jobs after Washington “hired” them and gave them a date when they needed to start their new job, which did not exist.

These people later learned that they have been scammed by Washington, and that they were victims of an elaborate identity theft scheme.

The Department of Economic Opportunity tracked Washington to Pensacola, where investigators said he was a candidate to become the Escambia County school superintendent.