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Police: Job applicant lured into financial trap

It’s not unusual to be asked for personal information on a job application, but Dewitt police say one Syracuse business owner used his position to lure a woman into a financial trap.
Justin Edmond
Justin Edmond
DeWitt (WSYR-TV) -- Searching for a job can be overwhelming. If you’re not careful, it can also be risky.

It’s not unusual to be asked for personal information on a job application, but Dewitt police say one Syracuse business owner used his position to lure a woman into a financial trap.

The Just in Shape gym in downtown Syracuse promises to help people “make a change,” but police believe the owner was trying to help himself when he asked a woman to apply for a job last year. Investigators say Justin Edmond used personal information from the job application to get a credit card in the woman's name.

The fitness shop's owner became the focus of suspicion after a collection agency contacted the victim, who found out the unauthorized credit account was opened shortly after she applied for the job.

The Better Business bureau advises job seekers to be extra cautious if a potential employer hasn't been established in their industry for more than a year.

"You really have to kind of pay attention to who you can trust, even your own employer. This is really a startling situation,” said Peggy Penders with the Better Business Bureau.

Justin Edmond, 32, of Syracuse, is charged with second degree forgery and first degree identity theft. He’s in jail without bail. Now, investigators are trying to find out if there are any other victims. If you think you were targeted, call DeWitt Police at 446-3640.
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