Elm Grove woman a victim of identity theft
46 counts of identity theft charged against Milwaukee man
A Milwaukee man is charged with 46 counts of identity theft for financial gain and could face up to six years in prison for each count.
Roberto J. Juarez Nieves Jr. allegedly used personal identifying information or personal identification documents of Nancy Meyer on 46 different occasions to obtain money without the Elm Grove woman's authorization or consent.
Juarez Nieves had been hired by Meyer to assist her with yard work, basic household duties, and processing bill payments. In recent months, Meyer noticed several checks missing from her U.S. Bank checkbook. She also received a notification regarding insufficient funds from U.S. Bank, an account that she believed held a balance of around $30,000.
Part of Juarez's duties had been to assist in processing bill payments and he had had access to the checkbook for at least the past two years. After contacting U.S. Bank, Meyer learned that checks had been written to, and cashed by, Juarez.
Meyer says that she did allow Juarez to write out information on the checks, but never allowed him to sign her name or write himself a check. Meyer later spoke with a U.S. Bank employee, who provided copies of suspected fraudulent checks written by or altered to Juarez.
Initial checks by U.S. Bank found that 22 checks had been written to Juarez between March 21 and July 11 of this year for a total amount of $14,039.
Meyer says that she wrote only one of the 22 checks, which was written to Juarez for $140. A copy of the processed check shows that the listed amount had been changed to $740. The remaining 21 checks were written to Juarez without Meyer's consent.
Upon further review, more missing check numbers were observed earlier in the year. U.S. Bank discovered 24 additional suspected fraudulent checks dated between Dec. 20, 2013, and June 6, 2014. These checks had a total listed value of $19,724.75.
U.S. Bank said that the fraudulent checks were deposited into a U.S. Bank account belonging to Juarez. U.S. Bank corporate security later provided video surveillance on July 7 of the suspect depositing one of the checks.
U.S. Bank later discovered an additional 58 checks issued to Juarez between Dec. 18, 2013 and July 9, 2014, not including an additional nine questionable checks between Oct. 2013 and Dec. 16, 2013.
On July 18, Juarez was arrested by the Village of Elm Grove Police Department at Meyer's residence after trying to enter the house without her consent. Juarez told police that he stole blank checks from Meyer's U.S. Bank checkbook and altered checks beginning in January 2013.
Elm Grove Police later discovered oxycodone hydrochloride pills in Juarez's pants pocket and cocaine in his car. Juarez stated that the pills were for back pain, but admitted that he had intended to sell the cocaine for profit.
Village of Elm Grove Assistant Police Chief Jason Hennen said that it is possible that the department may file more charges at a later date.
Juarez also is being charged separately case for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and possession of narcotics.
Each count of identity theft is a felony punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to six years.
A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 15.
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