ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Alaska Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit in Anchorage Superior Court alleging that a California man stole the identity of eight Alaska businesses, according to the Alaska Department of Law.
In the complaint, which was filed on Jan. 17, the AG alleges that in June, 2018, Christopher Gabriel Webb accessed the registration portals maintained by state businesses.
Those businesses include the Alaska Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing and set up several shell corporations, including Energy Capital Group, LLC., Defense Enterprises, LLC, E2 Ventures, LLC, and Engineering Laboratories.
According to a release issued by the DOL, the lawsuit alleges Webb changed the ownership of seven Alaska businesses to the shell companies, falsely swearing that he was authorized to make the changes, constituting business identity theft.
The thieves then use the businesses’ identity to apply for and obtain credit, conduct business transactions, and apply for licenses in the businesses name.
The complaint alleges that Webb used two stolen business identities to apply for marijuana licenses with the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, the DOL stated in the release.
“Protecting the identity and ownership of Alaskan businesses is a high priority,” said Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson. “Businesses need to be aware of the predatory practices of some scam artists. It is not just individuals who can have their identities stolen."
Webb is a resident of Aliso Viejo, California, but several of Webb’s shell businesses list addresses in Soldotna and Kenai, Alaska.
The state is seeking injunctive relief, remediation and civil penalties for the violations.