Timothy Edward Huffman

Sheriff: Suspect in fraud scheme faces charges in three counties

Posted at 12:42 PM on Jan 10, 2019

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

An Iredell County man now faces charges in three jurisdictions as a result of an investigation into a scheme involving identity theft, forged checks and stolen mail.

Timothy Edward Huffman, 35, has been charged in Iredell, Cabarrus and Brunswick counties following an investigation that began September 5 when the Iredell County Sheriff's Office received a report from a resident about fraudulent charges on his bank account, accourding to an ICSO news release.

Detective Sgt. Daniel Icard of the ICSO Economic Crimes Unit was assigned to investigate the case.

As a result of the initial investigation, Huffman was arrested on September 13 and charged with three counts of misdemeanor larceny.

The charges stem from checks drawn on the victim’s bank account. Of these checks, one was a forged check which Huffman attempted to cash in Brunswick County, Sheriff Darren Campbell said in the news release. Another check was deposited in the account of an Alexander County resident, Campbell added.

Investigators determined that Huffman had stolen a person’s identity and also opened a bank account into which he deposited forged checks, Campbell said.

Huffman stole mail from several locations in northern Iredell County in an attempt to gain materials needed to manufacture stolen checks, according to the news release.

On December 31, Huffman was charged with felony uttering forged instrument and identity theft.

Information from the ICSO investigation was shared with the Brunswick County and Cabarrus County sheriff’s offices, which resulted in these agencies charging Huffman for crimes in their jurisdictions, Campbell said.

Huffman, who lives on Phipps Lane, has a total bond of $108,000.

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