Suspect wanted for forgery, stealing ID info of 80 people

Posted 10/8/21

Authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of a Warren County man wanted for “trafficking in stolen identities” and at least 10 counts of forgery.

Charges were issued against …

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Suspect wanted for forgery, stealing ID info of 80 people

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Authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of a Warren County man wanted for “trafficking in stolen identities” and at least 10 counts of forgery.

Charges were issued against Elijah A. Briggs, 40, on Sept. 27, related to a fraud investigation that goes back to 2019.

According to a court document submitted by the Warren County Sheriff’s Department, the investigation began in 2019 when a victim became aware of unauthroized transactions on his bank account. Among the transactions were charges to a Charter Communications account in the name of Elijah Briggs, the bank reportedly told investigators.

Deputies later executed a search warrant at Briggs’ home on Lancashire Lake Drive and in his vehicle. The sheriff’s department reported seizing hundreds of documents, including mail, credit cards, real and counterfeit checks, bank statements, tax information, laptops, cell phones, tablets, and miscellaneous receipts.

Deputies said sensitive or personally identifying information belonging to 80 different people was found during the search.

Investigators also seized a typewriter, label maker, paper cutting boards, and check stock that they allege Briggs was using to forge checks. Among other people’s checks that were found in Briggs’ possession, 32 checks had allegedly been modified in some way.

Investigators reported that they also uncovered numerous fraudulent debit and credit accounts opened in other people’s names that were connected to Briggs.

The warrant for Briggs’ arrest does not authorize him to be released on bond.

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