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Illinois Man Jailed For Attempted Indiana Identity-Theft Purchase

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March 31, 2014 — from Indiana State Police, Lowell Post —

A 34 year old Hazel Crest, Illinois man faces charges in Porter County of allegedly using someone else’s identity to try and purchase a vehicle worth approximately $67-thousand.

State Police Organized Crime and Corruptions detectives arrested Carl Wright on felony-identity deception, forgery and theft charges.  The detectives say they were called into the probe on March 14th when Fort Wayne car dealership Glenbrook Dodge alerted them that someone claiming to be from Lagrange, Illinois filled out a sales lead to try to get financing for a used Jeep Cherokee.  The dealer’s financing officer found a problem during a credit check, and discovered the identity theft.

Wright wasn’t reportedly willing to drive to Fort Wayne but would come to Wheel Unlimited in Valparaiso…  where he filled out and signed paperwork and financial papers using the victim’s identity information.  That’s where he was arrested on Friday afternoon and taken to the Porter County Jail.

Another man who drove Wright to Valarpaiso was also jailed on marijuana-possession charges.

[Photo: Vehicle involved in identity theft case, courtesy Indiana State Police]


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