Identity theft involves false tax filing: Middleburg Heights police blotter – The Plain Dealer

Fraud, Fowles Road: A resident Aug. 5 said she received a notice in the mail from the Ohio Department of Taxation regarding her deceased mother. It said her mother’s 2013 return was being reviewed. The woman immediately became suspicious because her mother died several years ago.

The agency said someone used her mother’s identification to try to file the return. The return was questionable so the agency flagged it and sent the letter to the woman’s last known address for additional information and documentation.

She was told to file a police report about the issue as part of the process to dispute the return.

Lost property, Pearl Road: A man stopped at the police station Aug. 6 to report he inadvertently dropped his cell phone somewhere in or outside the Islander Apartments during an Aug. 4 visit there. Police called the complex, but were told no one turned in a cell phone.

Criminal damage, Baldwin Court: Someone scratched a resident’s van last week that was parked outside her apartment. She showed police a small 1- to 2-inch scratch near the driver’s door handle that also had a small red mark about it. There also was a small red mark on the rear left passenger door near the window.

Theft, Southland Drive: Marc’s loss prevention person Aug. 2 saw a woman take several items from the shelves and rip off the price tags. She then placed them inside her black bag. She went through the register lane and paid for items in her cart, but not those in her purse. Security stopped her at the exit.

Criminal damage, Pearl Road: A woman parked her car in the lot directly in front of the Kingston Place Apartments at 11 p.m. July 27. She returned to her car at 6:35 a.m. July 28 and the car’s four tires were punctured and flat.

Identity theft, Lakeview Terrace: A resident Aug. 1 received a letter from the Ohio Department of Taxation saying her 2013 tax return was inconsistent with previous ones she filed.

She called the agency and learned an unknown person used her name, address and Social Security number to file the tax return, which listed income at $124,049, claimed nine dependents and noted a refund of $40,000. She told the agency she did not complete that return. She made a police report and contacted at least one of the credit agencies about the incident.

Drunken Driving, Smith Road: An officer saw a motorist drive by his cruiser at 1:21 a.m. July 28 without the car’s headlights on. He stopped the car.

The woman said she was driving home after visiting a friend who lives in Parma. The officer noted the motorist’s speech was slurred, eyes bloodshot and glassy and a strong odor of alcohol. She said she only had one glass of wine, but she failed field sobriety tests and registered a .150 blood alcohol content.

Theft, Engle Road: Sometime between 6:45-11:15 p.m. Aug. 2, someone entered a man’s Days Inn hotel room and took four boxes of sports cards that were on his bed.

Identity theft, Ragall Parkway: A resident Aug. 2 said someone tried to order merchandise on his cell phone account. He was told the person tried buying a cell phone. The company learned the purchase was fraudulent and stopped the shipment.

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