Most Wanted Cyber Fugitive Arrested in Tijuana

John Gordon Baden, 38, was taken into custody Monday, one month after a $5,000 reward was offered for his arrest

One of San Diego’s most wanted fugitives – a man accused of siphoning millions of dollars from people – has been arrested, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) confirmed Tuesday.

John Gordon Baden, 38, was arrested Nov. 1 in Tijuana, Mexico, the FBI said. Baden was returned to the U.S. Monday and is scheduled to appear in federal court in San Diego Wednesday.

In October, the FBI announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to Baden’s arrest. Officials said it was a tip that helped them find the fugitive.

Baden, along with Jason Ray Bailey and Victor Alejandro Fernandez, are accused of stealing the identities of approximately 40,000 people, accessing their bank accounts and using the stolen money to buy electronics.

The suspects hacked into an unnamed mortgage broker’s servers and used mortgage applications to steal people’s personal information, including Social Security numbers, birth dates and assets, the FBI said citing an indictment.

Officials said victims came from California and across the country. The alleged crimes happened between July 2011 and August 2013.

Bailey and Fernandez were arrested in February, but Baden remained on the loose until now.

Baden faces charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and computer hacking.

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