Man faces charges for stealing active military identities

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by ASHLEY KORSLIEN & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 12 at 5:21 PM

SPOKANE-- The man accused in a multi-state identity theft ring made his first court appearance Friday.
   
Officials raided five locations around Spokane Thursday finding as many as 300 people had their identities stolen. 

Michael Clark was arrested Thursday and appeared in court facing several charges Friday.

The charges against Clark on Friday were four counts of forgery, one count second degree theft and one count money laundering.

Clarke and several others opened credit cards in other people's names according to detectives. The fraudulent credit cards were used to rack up hundreds of thousands of dollars in charges.

Many of the victims are active duty military according to detectives. Officials believe there are more victims still out there.

Authorities are building a case against several others, and expect to make more arrests in the future.

Clarke's criminal history has five misdemeanors, and two pending felonies which include identity theft and delivery of a controlled substance.

Bond was set at $50,000. Clark's 2nd court appearance was set for October 23rd.
 

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