Florida man steals poker player's identity, hacks into account

A homeless man in Manatee County, Florida, has been arrested for the theft of a poker player's identity and for attempting to drain both his bank and online poker accounts of funds.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported that the victim's bank account information was accessed and then used to log into an online poker website and withdraw funds from the victim's account there.

Police believe the theft occurred sometime between May 30 and Monday.

A release issued by the Sheriff's Office said the identity thief had originally attempted to withdraw money directly from the victim's bank account but was only able to access it once.

The crime was reported by bank officials yesterday.

The name of the online poker room in question has not yet been released.

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