Man arrested in Indiana on Durham ID fraud charges

From staff reportsDecember 5, 2013 

— U.S. marshals in Indiana have found and arrested a man who police in Durham, Virginia and South Carolina say got more than $22,000 in merchandise in one week by using stolen identities.

Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said Wednesday that investigators were told that the Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force caught Michael Samson Whyte, 34, of Chapel Hill in Munster, Ind.

North Carolina charges against Whyte are six counts of identity theft and one count each of obtaining property by false pretense, attempting to obtain property by false pretense and forgery of an instrument.

According to police, Whyte got other people’s personal information and was able to create phony ID cards with their data and his photo and to get credit at several Durham stores.

It was not clear Thursday which jurisdiction would be first to handle charges against Whyte or where he was being held.

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