A local sports radio personality has been arrested and accused of identity theft after police concluded that he used copies of ID cards included in submissions from radio contest winners to rack up thousands of dollars in charges.
Gretna police arrested Bryan Bienemy, 35, on Wednesday on 22 counts of identity theft after searching a residence in the 200 block of 1st Street in Gretna.
Bienemy covered the NFC South for “The Sports Hangover” show on ESPN Nola 100.3 FM, according to a Twitter profile. He also has worked for Cumulus Radio of New Orleans, which owns stations KKND-FM (Power 102.9), KMEZ-FM (Old School 106.7), WRKN-FM (Nash 92.3) and WZRH-FM (The Underground 106.1).
Greg Benefield, vice president of Cumulus of New Orleans, said Bienemy had been let go from his job months ago. He referred a request for comment to a spokesman who did not immediately return a call.
Police said in a statement explaining the probable cause for the arrest that one of Bienemy’s jobs at Cumulus was to destroy the receipts and copies of ID cards included with prize claims submitted by the winners of radio contests. But instead of destroying the receipts, according to police, he kept them and used them to set up Cox Cable accounts for himself.
A victim notified authorities after one account was put into collection for the amount of $1,343 owed to Cox. In all, according to Gretna police, Bienemy racked up $2,893 in charges on three accounts.
Gretna Police Department Deputy Chief Anthony Christiana said Bienemy used the identities to set up one pay-per-view account after another.
He said the ongoing investigation has stretched all the way to Georgia.
“The thing that people need to be cognizant about is that when they go places and people copy down their information, you should always understand what the mechanism is of how they dispose of information,” Christiana said.
Police did not say which stations’ contests they believe were affected by the identity theft. Other receipts found in the Gretna residence, according to police, tied Bienemy to more victims.
Bienemy reportedly admitted in a statement to creating several Cox Cable accounts.
He remained at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on Friday, according to a jail list.