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Burbank Police arrested a 61-year-old Chicago Heights man in connection with an identity theft incident reported at PNC Bank, 4900 W. 87th Street, on Jan. 28.
Police said they were called to the bank where the man tried using fraudulent identification to retrieve a $30,000 check.
According to police, Howard Green — pretending to be another man — told a bank teller he was there to pick up a check for a loan he applied for online. When asked for proof of identification, Green produced an Illinois driver’s license and Citi AAdvantage MasterCard.
The bank teller became suspicious when she noted the driver’s license had peeling laminate and a photo that appeared altered. The employee alerted the bank manager who dialed 911.
When confronted in the bank by officers, Green confessed to using the fake driver’s license and credit card in an attempt to obtain the loan check, according to police.
According to a police report, Green told detectives he spoke with a man named John who was running a loan scam. Green said John obtained pre-approved bank loans online and recruited people to pick up the loan checks from banks using fake IDs.
After agreeing to participate in the scam, Green told police that John arranged for him to meet a man named Messiah.
Green told police he met Messiah at a location near 95th Street and the Dan Ryan Expressway where Messiah provided him with the fake driver’s license and credit card. Messiah advised Green to go to the Burbank PNC branch and tell the bank he was going to use the $30,000 loan to buy a 2014 Ford F150 from an Indiana man.
Police say they contacted the man whose name appeared on the loan documents and driver’s license. The man told police he did not apply for the loan and had not given anyone permission to use his information.
Green was charged with felony aggravated identity theft stemming from the incident. A spokesperson for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said Green was charged Feb. 5 with financial identity theft in a separate case. Green was issued a $10,000 I-bond and is due back in court for a status hearing on Feb. 11.
According to Burbank police, the online loan application was made from a computer with an IP address associated with a Comcast account in Calumet City. The MasterCard was linked to a closed Citi Bank account.
The bank manager told Burbank police that multiple PNC branches in the area were experiencing similar complaints.
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