Town of Buffalo constable accused of felony identity theft

The town of Buffalo constable has been charged with identity theft with intent to cause harm and tarnish a woman’s credit ratings.

Buffalo County District Attorney Tom Clark has filed a felony criminal complaint against 51-year-old Jerome A. Gardner, an elected constable who lives in rural Fountain City.

The complaint against Gardner accuses him of obtaining a woman’s Social Security number and other information about her bank account and credit-card account.

Sheriff’s Investigator Lee Engfer said Gardner accessed the woman’s credit-card account 26 times between August and February, according to the complaint.

Money was transferred about in accounts to cause financial troubles that occasionally resulted in overdraft fees and damaged credit ratings, according to investigation reports.

Repeated tampering of account records resulted in the credit-card company flagging transactions in search of suspicious activity, according to court records.

The complaint said Gardner admitted accessing the woman’s credit card account for the purpose of moving money around, to cause her problems because he was upset with her.

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