SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man is facing financial crime charges after police say he scammed people in multiple states to send him cash.
Aaron D. Leftridge, 21, of the 1000 block of Aspen Court, was charged with continuing financial crimes enterprise, financial institution fraud, theft by deception, identity theft and forgery after a DeKalb police investigation.
If convicted of the most serious crime of continuing financial crimes enterprise, Leftridge could face up to 15 years in prison.
According to court records, DeKalb police received a call on July 16 from a woman in Minnesota who reported that she had been scammed into sending $5,000 via FedEx to the 1000 Aspen Court address. She reported she had been convinced that the person she was sending the money to worked for a wealthy person and would deposit money into her account to save on taxes, according to court documents.
During an investigation, police found phones used to contact victims, bank cards belonging to people other than Leftridge, deposit slips and fraudulent checks, according to court records. In a dumpster being the building, police found envelopes that had come from victims in Colorado and South Carolina and Kansas, according to court records.
Police searched Leftridge's phone and phone names, bank login information and security question answers that access the bank accounts of approximately 30 people, according to court records.
Leftridge was released on his signature. He is next due in court on March 6.