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Officers investigating three cases of identity fraud

New Albany police investigated three cases of identity fraud in March.

Officers notified one victim in the 5000 block of Triplett Square about the crime after a person using the victim's identity was arrested in Oak Creek, Wis.

The suspect was arrested for obtaining several credit cards illegally at 2 p.m. March 18 by the Oak Creek Police Department.

At the time of the arrest, the suspect allegedly was using a fake identification card that contained the New Albany resident's information.

New Albany police said the suspect spent almost $4,000 and had two credit cards issued in the New Albany resident's name. After being notified, the victim obtained a credit report and found no erroneous charges on any credit cards, but the report showed "seven unauthorized inquiries" to the victim's credit information since March 16.

A New Albany resident in the 5000 block of Sugar Wood Drive reported a similar crime after a suspect opened two credit-card accounts using the victim's personal information. The suspect allegedly used the cards Feb. 18 to 20 to purchase $4,200 worth of merchandise from stores in Louisiana and Texas.

Another New Albany resident in the 7000 block of Cromwell End reported misuse of a debit card between July 2012 and March 2013. The suspect allegedly had taken out seven money orders for amounts between $20 and $101 during the time period.