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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — A man in Tallahassee used the promise of work to lure in unsuspecting job seekers so he could reportedly steal their personal information.

Gerald Howard Washington set up a temporary office in the state capital and posted online ads claiming he was hiring for 1,100 Tallahassee-based jobs.

Tallahassee police said Washington personally met with many who answered the ads. He also allegedly accessed their Social Security numbers, bank information and collected a $25 application fee.

Authorities say Washington told applicants they were hired and gave them a start date, even though the jobs did not exist.

Washington has been charged with criminal use of personal identification information and organized communications fraud.

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