Cab driver tried to steal identity with customer's IDs

1 year 8 months 1 week ago November 09, 2015 Nov 9, 2015 Monday, November 09 2015 Monday, November 09, 2015 6:42:00 AM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield cab driver has been charged with identity theft after using a customer's ID cards to open a phony bank account.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that 31-year-old Mohamed Elsaka used IDs from a wallet that a rider left in his taxi cab to open a bank account.

Court records said the victim contacted his bank's fraud department after receiving a credit card in the mail that he didn't sign up for. The bank placed holds on the account.

The next day, Elsaka went to a Springfield bank and tried to activate the debit card associated with the account. Elsaka was arrested after police were called to the bank.

Elsaka has been released from jail on his own recognizance and doesn't have an attorney listed for the case.

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