Federal grand jury indicts Cleveland man on identity theft charges

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A man charged in May with using fake legal documents to try to take over a Cleveland Heights duplex faces similar charges in federal court.

Najee Muhammad, a Cleveland man who also goes by the name Paul Cook, was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday and charged with racking up $31,762 on various credit accounts between June 2012 and May 2014. He is also accused of stealing the identity of three individuals.

Muhammad, 50, made the charges for products at Capital One, Dell, ATT, Galls, Citibank, Target and Dish Network, among others, according to the indictment.

He is charged with one count access device fraud and three counts aggravated identity theft.

Muhammad was charged in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas court in May after he tried to file a fake legal document with the county fiscal office that said he owned a home. He also did the same thing for another home, court records show.

He pleaded guilty to reduced charges in September and was sentenced to probation in September. He was arrested again in November on a possible probation violation. 

A violation hearing is set for Feb. 23 in front of Common Pleas Judge Nancy Fuerst.

Click here to view this document on a mobile device.

Article source: http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2015/01/grand_jury_indicts_accused_cle.html

Technorati Tags: ,

Tags: ,

Leave a Reply