On November 4, 2014, FBI announced the arrest of John Gordon Baden, 38, who was considered one of San Diego, California’s FBI Most Wanted Cyber Fugitives. Baden was arrested on November 1, 2014, in Tijuana, Mexico, by officers from the Tijuana Municipal Police Department (TPD). Tijuana PD officers were working with FBI agents.
On Monday, November 3, 2014, Mexican police and immigration officials transported Baden to the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection officers took custody of Baden, who was subsequently turned over to FBI agents. On November 4, 2014, Baden was transferred to the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Metropolitan Correctional Center.
John Gordon Baden and his co-conspirators, Jason Ray Bailey and Victor Alejandro Fernandez, were indicted by a federal grand jury seated in the Southern District of California. They stand accused of stealing the identities of 40,000 people and then using the stolen information to siphon funds from their bank accounts, as well as purchasing expensive items with their victims’ credit. The losses are estimated to be in the millions of dollars.