35-year-old Timothy Edward Huffman of Phipps Lane in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers on felony counts of identity theft and uttering a forged instrument, plus three counts of misdemeanor larceny.
According to a press release issued by the Sheriff's Office this morning (January 9), a report was filed on September 5 of last year regarding fraudulent checks written against a male victim's bank account. The crimes occurred between August 19 and September 4. The suspect attempted to cash one of the fraudulent checks in Brunswick County. Another check was deposited in the account of an Alexander County resident.
Investigators with the Sheriff's Economic Crimes Unit learned that Huffman stole a person’s identity and opened a bank account into which he was able to funnel the forged checks. Investigators also learned that Huffman stole mail from several locations in northern Iredell County in an attempt to gain materials needed to manufacture stolen checks and obtain banking information.
Huffman was initially arrested on September 13 on the misdemeanor larceny charges and given a $3,000 secured bond. He was served with the felony warrants on December 31. Bond on those charges was set at $8,000, secured.
Investigators shared their information with sheriff's offices in Brunswick County and Cabarrus County, where additional charges were filed. Huffman's total bond now stands at $108,000, secured. The only currently listed court dates for Huffman are on January 16 and February 20 in Iredell Co. District Court.