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Officers investigating three cases of identity fraud

Tuesday March 26, 2013 11:26 AM

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.