Hoover man charged in identity theft scheme

Hoover man charged in identity theft scheme

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HOOVER, AL (WBRC) -

A Hoover man suspected of stealing more than $100,000 from Wells Fargo in an identity theft scheme is now behind bars.

The investigation leading to suspect Martin Harbison's arrest began five months ago when Wells Fargo bank employees noticed suspicious activity on a business account and reported it to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators found that Harbison, 47, used a fraudulent business license to make a fake company. He used the fake company to establish a business account with Wells Fargo.

Harbison allegedly used the identities of elderly victims to submit fraudulent credit applications through his fake business. Once those applications were approved, Harbison collected the money. Officials say he stole more than $100,000 from Wells Fargo using this scheme.

Investigators know of at least 15 victims in the case, and say more victims, even some out of the state, could have been scammed. Four of the 15 victims filed police reports in Bessemer and Birmingham about the identity theft, Chief Deputy Randy Christian said.

On Nov. 26, deputies obtained a warrant for Harbison's arrest on a first degree theft of property charge. Authorities found him driving north on I-65in Hoover around 3 p.m. Nov. 27 and arrested him. He is being held on a $100,000 bond in the Jefferson County jail and could face additional charges.

Officials say the investigation is on-going.

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