Man charged with stealing ID to commit fraud Police say he used another's identity to apply for a loan

October 01, 1998|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore man accused of using another person's identity )) to defraud an Ellicott City leasing company of $5,000 might be responsible for several similar crimes in other counties, Howard County police believe.

Charged with two felony theft counts in the Sept. 16 incident at Norwest Financial Leasing Inc. is Larry Lamont Bush, 38, who has been released on bail.

Police said that when they searched Bush's home in the 100 block of N. Wolfe St. recently, they found papers containing personal information -- including names, addresses and Social Security numbers -- on more than 60 area residents, said Cpl. Ellsworth Jones, a property crimes detective.

Police said they also found detailed credit histories on more than 20 people and 27 stolen credit card numbers, and recovered a computer, a printer and a scanner allegedly used to make fake identifications based on real people's identities, Jones said.

Bush, working with a female colleague, allegedly applied for a $5,000 loan from Norwest Financial, using the name of a Baltimore woman and information about her, Jones said.

Jones would not disclose how the woman's name and the information were obtained.

The woman and Norwest alerted police that someone was applying for a loan in her name, Jones said.

Police then waited for Bush and Yvette Denise Canty, 35, of Baltimore to pick up the loan check Sept. 16, Jones said.

The two were arrested as they left the building with the check, Jones said.

Canty was also charged with theft.

Pub Date: 10/01/98

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