- Associated Press - Saturday, June 27, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City man has been charged with running an identity-theft scheme in which he pretended to be a record company executive in order to use job applicants’ personal information.

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says 29-year-old Sharif King was arrested Friday on charges including identity theft, forgery, grand larceny and insurance fraud.

Schneiderman says King’s scheme began in 2013 when he posted job opportunities online for his purported record label.

Schneiderman says King requested personal identifying information from job applicants including their date of birth, address and Social Security number.

King allegedly used the information to commit fraud such as opening credit cards in the names of the victims.

King pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on a15-count indictment in Manhattan state Supreme Court on Friday.

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