A former Democratic official from Compton has been charged with defrauding banks while he worked for the Los Angeles County Probation Department, according to reports.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), "[Former Assemblyman Carl Edward] Washington would obtain credit cards and loans from financial institutions that [he] used to purchase several thousand dollars worth of goods and services, [then] file a police report with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department falsely claiming to be the victim of identity theft […]. Washington would provide a copy of the bogus police report to Experian, one of the three major credit reporting agencies, and have them remove the credit cards and loans […]. Once Experian removed the items from Washington’s credit report, he would send out applications for new credit cards without disclosing to the banks his outstanding debts or the fact that he had information relating to those debts removed from his credit report." Then Washington would begin the process again.
Edward faces three counts of bank fraud and three counts of making false statements.