Hammond man charged with identity theft of 125 people

SHARE Hammond man charged with identity theft of 125 people
SHARE Hammond man charged with identity theft of 125 people

A northwest Indiana man has been charged with stealing the identities of more than 125 people in Illinois’ northern suburbs.

A six-month identity theft and fraud investigation led authorities to the home of 35-year-old Jeffery C. Edwards’ Hammond home on May 20, according to a statement from Lincolnshire police.

Investigators found documents with the birthdays and social security numbers of more than 125 people, as well as 25 credit cards issued to different names, police said.

Edwards was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony counts of aggravated identity theft and forgery, police said.

A judge ordered him held on a $150,000 bond on Thursday, according to the Lake County sheriff’s office. He is next due in court June 4.

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