RALEIGH — A 68-year-old man was in court Monday for what Raleigh police said was an attempt to buy a $109,000 Mercedes by using a stolen identity in 2007 .
Lawrence Powell, whose address now is listed as 6203 Luther Ave. in Cleveland, Ohio, was arrested Friday after authorities got word that he was in Wake County.
Raleigh police say he stole a Georgia mans name, birthday and Social Security number and, on Aug. 7, 2007, filled out papers at a dealership to get a red, 2008 Mercedes S550 priced at $109, 335.
That deal fell through, though it was not clear Monday whether it was because using the name sent up warnings or because police arrested Powell later that day using the name Delaurence Aristotle Wonderful and charged that he tried to finance the purchase of $10,000 worth of building materials at a Home Depot, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.
The man named Wonderful, who shares a birthday with the man named Powell, was accused of fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses.
There is no record that the case was ever concluded, however.
Friday, a Wake County sheriffs deputy arrested Powell on the Raleigh warrants, and then jailers at the Wake County Detention Center discovered that Powell also is wanted in Georgia for violating probation he was given for a crime there.
The charges he faced Monday were identity theft, obtaining property by false pretenses, forging documents and using a forged signature to sign for the Mercedes.
Powells bail was listed as $25,000 over the weekend, but jail records showed he was being held without bail after Mondays court appearance.