WALLINGFORD — A local man faces federal charges after he and an unidentified woman allegedly stole another woman’s identity and tried to file a bankruptcy petition in her name last year.
Joel C. Riley, 46, was arrested Monday and charged with bankruptcy fraud, identity theft, and conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud and identity theft. He appeared in New Haven federal court and was released on $100,000 bond and electronic monitoring.
According to authorities, Riley allegedly met with an attorney to file a bankruptcy petition in June on behalf of a woman, claiming he had power of attorney. When the attorney asked to meet with the woman in person, Riley and another woman claiming to be her, met with the attorney at his office. Authorities did not identify the lawyer or the woman whose identity was stolen.
The impersonator presented a driver’s license in the name of the alleged victim as identification. That same day, the parties reviewed and signed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition, which listed $277,000 in unsecured debts, that was filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
The alleged victim became aware of the bankruptcy filing when she tried to use a department store credit card and was told a bankruptcy petition was filed in her name. She met with the attorney on June 28, 2017, and and stated she did not file for bankruptcy. That same day, Riley emailed the attorney stating, “I clearly owe you more than an apology and clearly have not been in the right frame of mind. I need to make this right. And I know that exposes myself. You have done so much for me and I betrayed that. Please let me know what I can do to resolve this.”
The victim testified in bankruptcy court that her identification was missing form her wallet when the petition was filed, the statement said. She also said all unsecured debt listed in the petition was not her own aside from a student loan, and that Riley had previously impersonated her to obtain credit.
The bankruptcy petition was dismissed on July 21, 2017.
Bankruptcy fraud, identity theft, and conspiracy each carry a maximum term of imprisonment of five years.
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