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Man from Pennsylvania charged with identity theft

U.S. Marshals have been pursuing a man from Pennsylvania accused of stealing the identity of his girlfriend's former spouse. The 25-year-old has been formally charged with identity theft, but he was in another state when he was arrested. Authorities claim the man committed several other crimes, as well.

The accused is said to have obtained property through false information. Officials say there was also an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Pennsylvania related to a probation violation. The former husband of the man's girlfriend apparently alerted authorities that his identity might have been stolen when he applied for a car loan and was denied.

The loan was denied because another person (supposedly the suspect) had already purchased a car under the other man's name. Not only is the defendant accused of purchasing a car under a false name, he allegedly applied for a job and was hired at the car dealership under fraudulent pretenses. A detective posed as a customer at the automotive lot as part of an undercover investigation conducted to make an in-person identification of the suspect.

The identity theft investigation remains active at this time. Anyone in Pennsylvania charged with a similar crime can build a strong defense by contacting an experienced defense attorney. A skilled and aggressive approach is often best toward obtaining positive results in court and minimizing the potential negative consequences of a situation. An attorney can also make certain that appropriate protocol was followed during an investigation or any questioning of a defendant.

Source: wtsp.com, "Fugitive uses stolen identity to become Fla. car salesman", Sept. 20, 2016

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