The Blackman Township Department of Public Safety is holding two suspects on charges identity theft and attempted fraud. A 51-year-old Jackson man attempted to buy a Cadillac Escalade at the Les Stanford Auto Dealership in Blackman Township.
Police say after employees at the dealership noticed some inconsistencies on the suspect's credit report, they called the local police. The police say the suspect had a flawless driver's license except that it read "restrictions: none" and the picture showed a man in glasses.
Authorities linked the information on the driver's license to a doctor in the Detroit area. They spoke with the doctor and verified this was identity theft. The suspect was then taken into custody.
The second suspect is a 28-year-old man from the Detroit area that had dropped the man off at the car dealership and then was waiting for him in the parking lot of a local mall. Police say they found another application for a new car inside the accomplice's car. They also say two cell phones had been purchased with the same doctor's identity.
Police do not think this was an isolated incident. They say the scam was very organized and there may be more victims and suspects involved. They are warning to protect yourself from identity theft with these reminders:
The Blackman Township Police will be continuing this investigation.
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TransUnion: 800-888-4213 (fraud div.- 800-680-7289)
Experian: 888-EXPERIAN (fraud div.- 888-397-3742)
Equifax: 800- 685-1111 (fraud div.- 800-525-6285)
Source: www.idtheftcenter.org (Identity Theft Resource Center Web site) contributed to this report.