The Dayton Daily News reported on March 6 that a 25-year-old man was charged with identity theft and receiving stolen property after he allegedly used his stepbrother’s driver’s license and credit card to purchase an airline ticket. The man was taken into police custody after he attempted to enter the Dayton International Airport Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint with an airline ticket to Minneapolis-St. Paul that had been issued to his stepbrother.
The alleged offender told authorities that his stepbrother authorized him to use the ID and credit card, and he was allowed to use them all the time. According to the News, TSA personnel found two packs of cigarettes that were found to contain marijuana while searching through the alleged offender’s possessions.
Many identity theft arrests stem from alleged offenders using credit cards that they believed they were authorized to use. Identity theft is a felony offense in Ohio referred to in the Ohio Revised Code as identity fraud.
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Ohio Revised Code § 2913.49 establishes that an alleged offender commits identity fraud if he or she, without the express or implied consent of the other person, uses, obtains, or possesses any personal identifying information of another person with intent to hold the person out to be the other person or represent the other person’s personal identifying information as the alleged offender’s own personal identifying information. A person can also be charged with this crime if he or she creates, obtains, possesses, or uses the personal identifying information of any person with the intent to aid or abet another person in violating this statute, with intent to defraud permits another person to use the person’s own personal identifying information, or is permitted to use another person’s personal identifying information and uses, obtains, or possesses the other person’s personal identifying information with intent to defraud any person by doing any prohibited act.
Personal identifying information includes, but is not limited to, a person’s name, address, telephone number, driver’s license, driver’s license number, commercial driver’s license, commercial driver’s license number, state identification card, state identification card number, social security card, social security number, birth certificate, place of employment, employee identification number, mother’s maiden name, demand deposit account number, savings account number, money market account number, mutual fund account number, other financial account number, personal identification number, password, or credit card number of a living or dead individual.
If the value of the credit, property, services, debt, or other legal obligation involved in an identity fraud offense is less than $1,000, the crime is a fifth-degree felony. Financial losses of $1,000 or more but less than $7,500 are fourth-degree felony offenses, financial losses of $7,500 or more but less than $150,000 are third-degree felony offenses, and financial losses of $150,000 or more are second-degree felony offenses.
Criminal charges can be enhanced if an alleged victim was disabled or elderly. If you think that you might be under investigation or you were already arrested for an alleged identity theft crime in Ohio, you should not say anything to authorities until you have contacted Joslyn Law Firm. Dayton criminal defense attorney Brian Joslyn will help you achieve the most favorable outcome to your case that results in the fewest possible penalties.