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Livingston County dealership among those defrauded in stolen identity scam

A Livingston County car dealership was among those defrauded by a man that federal authorities say used someone’s personal identification to secure more than $200,000 in loans to buy vehicles.

The Detroit News reports that Eddie Earl Hendrickson and another person were charged last week in U.S. District Court in Detroit with conspiring “to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud various financial institutions” between December 2019 and February 2020.

An affidavit a U.S. Secret Service special agent filed last year said Hendrickson purchased a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee from Champion Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM of Brighton after securing a $21,658 auto loan.

The affidavit says that in March 2020, a Genesee County Sheriff’s lieutenant contacted the man whose Social Security number Hendrickson used in the transactions. He has a similar name but never allowed anyone else to use his identification.

Federal officials accuse the 40-year-old Hendrickson of identity theft, aggravated identity theft and bank fraud.

A hearing is scheduled March 15 in U.S. District Court.


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