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Decatur man charged with identity theft

Kelvin Birgans opened up multiple accounts at department stores with someone else's information, police say.

Posted: Apr 9, 2018 1:14 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2018 7:08 PM

A Decatur man used someone else's identity to steal money and open accounts at department stores, police said Monday.

Kelvin Cornelius Birgans, 33, was charged Friday with third-degree possession of a forged instrument.

The crime goes back to June 2017, when police said a Decatur resident filed a police report stating someone had accessed his bank account and withdrawn money. The victim also said multiple accounts at department stores either were opened or tried to open using his identity, and someone tried to get a loan as well using his information.

The victim later found his mail had been forwarded to another address without his knowledge, police said. Police said their investigation led them to Birgans.

He was charged Friday after police learned he was being held in the Morgan County Jail on warrants for failure to appear in court. 

Birgans is still in jail on bonds totaling $10,000.

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