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Gaylord man arrested in identity theft case

Accused alleged to have paid personal bills, sent money to friend using app linked to victim’s debit card
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OTSEGO COUNTY, MI. – The Michigan State Police (MSP) Gaylord Post was contacted in March 2022, to take a report of a person’s identity being stolen.

The victim came to the post to report 49-year-old Curtis Robert Smith had been stealing money from him. Smith had worked for the victim and had access to some of his personal information.

The victim alleged Smith had an account with Cash App which is tied to his debit card. Smith then paid some of his own personal bills and also sent money to one of his friends using the Cash App linked to the victim’s debit card. 

A search warrant to Cash App revealed Smith had set up a Cash App account using his own email address, but used the victim’s personal information, including the victim’s name and bank information, for the account. Smith used his own address when he set up the account. 

A report was sent to the Otsego County Prosecutor’s Office and an arrest warrant was issued for Smith on February 15. Troopers arrested Smith at his home in Gaylord on Feb. 16 and lodged him in the Otsego County Jail. 

Smith was arraigned in the 87-A District Court in Otsego County on one count Identity Theft, and four counts Stealing Retaining Financial Transaction Device.

Smith was given a $1,000 cash surety bond.