A former volunteer at KTSU radio is behind bars after allegedly stealing hundreds of donors personal information.
32 year old Michael Whitfield is accused of multiple counts of identity theft after allegedly stealing pledge sheets containing credit card information from KTSU listeners and then using that information for his own gain.
Assistant Harris County District Attorney Donna Logan says he purchased electronics and gift cards after using the donors’ information.
In some cases Logan says Whitfield would buy products and resell them for the cash.
Investigators say they have more than 20 confirmed cases and there could be up to 300 potential victims.
Whitfield will face enhanced charges because 14 of his alleged victims are senior citizens.
He’s being held on $200,000 bond at the Harris County Jail.
Texas Southern University issued this statement:
KTSU’s Official Statement
KTSU deeply regrets that it appears donors information may have been compromised. KTSU management takes this incident seriously and will be working with our own police department, legal counsel and other law enforcement officials in every way to fully resolve this matter.
At the time of this alleged incident Mr. Michael Whitfield, was not, and is not an Employee of KTSU. He served as a volunteer for the radio station on an as needed basis.
We want donors to know that management has taken additional measures to ensure the security of donor information, including moving donor records to a more secure site to encrypt donor information. We are aggressively reviewing our controls to ensure that this unfortunate incident doesn’t happen again.
Texas Southern University