The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

October 6, 2012

Identity theft leads to nine felonies

By Brian Graves, Staff Writer

Saturday, October 6, 2012 — An Albemarle man faces nine felony counts involving the alleged illegal theft and use of a financial transaction card.

Jonathan William Lisenco, 42, of Albemarle was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of felony financial transaction card theft, four counts of felony financial identity fraud, three counts of felony obtaining property by false pretenses, one count of felony attempting to obtain property by false pretenses, and one count misdemeanor financial transaction card fraud.

According to official reports, the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the alleged fraud on Sept. 22.

Lisenco was listed as a suspect in the first reporting of the incidents.

An investigation determined that Lisenco used the stolen card on five spearate occasions.

The report was not specific as to whether the card was a credit or debit card.

Warrents were then obtained for the ten separate counts which resulted in Lisenco’s arrest.

He was placed into the Stanly County‚ÄąDetention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

Identity theft is alleged when a person knowingly obtains, possesses or uses the identifying information of another person, living or dead, with the intent to fraudulently represent that he/she is the other person for the purposes of making financial or credit transactions in the other person's name

It is a class G felony, punishable by eight to 20 months in jail (sentences increase if the defendant has any prior felony convictions).

However, if the victim suffers arrest, detention, or conviction as a proximate result of the offense, or the person is in possession of the identifying information of three or more separate people, it is a class F felony, punishable by 10 to 24 months in jail.

Lisenco is scheduled to appear in District Court on Oct. 22.