Five central Ohio residents are scheduled to appear in court today to face federal charges involving fraudulent Social Security numbers.
Alison Holm reports.
Federal prosecutors say in a news release the suspects used stolen or false Social Security numbers to lease cars and apartments and tally 200 thousand dollars in credit-card expenses and loans. 28-year-old Tommy Edwards Junior of Columbus allegedly used three fake Social Security numbers and other identity documents to lease a car and three apartments from 2016 through 2018. 28-year-old Kiara Mitchell of Groveport allegedly used a stolen Social Security number to rent an apartment in that town. 19-year-old Isaiah Burnley of Columbus allegedly used fake Social Security numbers and forged paycheck stubs to rent apartments last year. 34-year-old Wayne Hamler of Canal Winchester allegedly used a forged Social Security card to lease a car last year. And 36-year-old China Hester of Canal Winchester allegedly used a fake Social Security number to rent an apartment last year. Prosecutors say Edwards, Mitchell, Burnley and Hamler also used fake Social Security numbers to obtain nearly 200 thousand dollars worth of loans and credit cards.