A 43-year-old Indiana man is in custody after a multi-year investigation concluded with his arrest on felony aggravated identity theft and theft charges.
The investigation was initiated in October 2021 when a family member of an elderly Naperville resident reported a live-in tenant and aide failed to fulfill his obligations and abused the elderly person’s trust. The accused was engaged by the victim, who is over 60 years old, to assist with house chores and ensuring basic monthly bills were paid on time. Instead, the accused’s alleged inactions contributed to the mortgage being unpaid for nearly two years, gas being shut off, and the victim being treated at a hospital for dehydration and pneumonia.
The accused also had access to the victim’s finances and personal information. Over time, the subject allegedly applied for credit card(s) using the victim’s information and adding himself as an authorized user. Additionally, the subject allegedly stole money from the victim’s accounts.
The total loss sustained by the victim was over $100,000.
With the assistance of the U.S. Secret Service and Chesterton, Indiana Police Department, the accused was taken into custody in Indiana on Jan. 23, after which he was transported to Naperville and then DuPage County Jail on Monday. He was charged with one count of Aggravated Identity Theft, a Class X felony, and one count of Theft, a Class 1 felony.