The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office filed a formal complaint Tuesday against two people accused of stealing a list containing personal information about Scottsdale police employees.
Paul Johnson, 45, faces one count each of trafficking in stolen property and taking the identity of another, plus possession of dangerous drugs for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Barbara Jane Vrieze, 43, was charged with taking the identity of another. All are felonies. Police said Johnson stole the list from former Scottsdale Police Chief Doug Bartosh’s home last year while working on a remodeling project. The list includes officers’ names, ranks, home phone numbers, Social Security numbers and home addresses. No employees have reported being the victims of identity theft.
Bartosh didn’t realize the list was missing until Chandler police found a copy last week in the belongings of a check forgery suspect.
Police believe Johnson passed the stolen document to Tosha Bohnsack, a 24-year-old Chandler resident who is accused of trying to cash a fraudulent check at a Bank of America in Chandler recently. Scottsdale police spokesman Sgt. Doug Dirren said he is unsure what role Vrieze might have played in the case.