Two separate cases of identity theft were reported in the St. Charles police blotter this week.
Identity Theft Arrest in St. Charles
Isabel Lopez, 42, of the 700 block of West Brown Street, West Chicago, was arrested Thursday, Oct. 25, at her place of employment in the 3600 block of Swenson Avenue in St. Charles on one count of aggravated identity theft, a Class 1 felony.
According to St. Charles police, a 65-year-old Lakewood, CO, resident reported to police there that someone in St. Charles, IL, was using her Social Security number. Lakewood police traced the use of the number to a St. Charles business address and then contacted St. Charles police.
St. Charles police arrested Lopez at the business, and the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized charges against her.
Lopez posted $5,000 bond, and she was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Identity Theft: $4,000 Taken From Couple's Checking Accounts
A 71-year-old resident of the 500 block of South 15th Street reported at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, that someone had used his wife’s information to withdraw $4,000 from two checking accounts.
His wife’s purse had been stolen earlier this year in Chicago, and the victims had notified the appropriate credit agencies, according to the report. But on Oct. 17, while reviewing their checking accounts, they discovered the theft.
The bank, Harris Bank of Milwaukee, told the man someone bearing his wife’s Illinois driver’s license had signed her name while making the withdrawals. The bank wanted a copy of a police report on the matter.
The couple was credited for their loss, and Harris Bank is conducting its own investigation.
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