The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward to find and arrest one of San Diego’s most wanted cyber fugitives.
John Gordon Baden, 38, is accused of operating an enterprise to hack private information from a mortgage broker. He allegedly stole the identities of 40,000 people and then used the stolen information to siphon funds from their brokerage or bank accounts. He also allegedly bought expensive electronic items with their credit, prosecutors said.
The losses are estimated to be millions of dollars, according to a news release from the FBI.
Prosecutors said Baden worked with two co-conspirators hacked into the company’s computer servers to access mortgage applications that contained names, dates of birth, social security numbers, addresses, assets, tax information and driver’s licenses.
The three allegedly operated this enterprise in Tijuana, Mexico, but the victims lived throughout the United States, prosecutors said.
The co-conspirators, alleged to be Jason Ray Bailey and Victor Alejandro Fernandez, were arrested in February and remain in federal custody.
Baden is described as white, 5 feet 8 inches, 195 pounds with light brown hair and hazel eyes. He may be in Tijuana, FBI agents said.
Anyone with information should call the FBI at 858-320-1800 or submit a tip here.