Thursday, July 24, 2008

Two Chicogo Poles accused of using ID theft to obtain loans

Police in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines say two 41-year-old men believed to have ties to a Polish crime group used stolen identities to secure about $100,000 in loans to buy expensive cars, jet skis and all-terrain vehicles.

Artur Bledowski of Des Plaines and Grzegorz Glod (GRAY'-gorsh GLOWED) of Chicago, are each charged with four felony counts of bank fraud, ID theft, forgery and felony theft.

Des Plaines Police Commander Dan Niemann says police believe the two obtained about $25,000 in loans from four banks to buy the vehicles, which the men then shipped back to Poland.

Niemann said the men stole the identities of a Mount Prospect resident and at least two other people to get the loans.