April 24, 2019
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Windham man to serve 3 months, repay $12,000 for identity theft

PORTLAND, Maine — A Windham man was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to three months in prison for using another person’s identity to obtain credit cards, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Manuel J. Arruda, 46, also was sentenced to two years of supervised release and was ordered to pay nearly $12,000 in restitution.

Arruda was ordered to begin serving his sentence on Aug. 3.

He remains free on $5,000 unsecured bail.

Arruda waived indictment and pleaded guilty in February to one count each of mail fraud, access device fraud and identity theft.

The activity that led to Arruda being charged began in March of 2012 when he applied online for a Chase Bank Freedom credit card in the name of another person, according to court documents. Arruda used the victim’s name, date of birth and Social Security number. He obtained that information in his former position as service manager at a car dealership in Portland when the victim brought his truck in for servicing.

Chase Bank approved the application and mailed two credit cards to Arruda. Between March and December of 2012, Arruda used the cards to make about $12,000 worth of purchases, took over $2,300 in cash advances, made payments of about $1,200, and received about $350 in credits, the U.S. attorney’s office said Thursday in a press release.

The defendant faced up to 20 years in prison on the most serious charge of mail fraud and a fine of up to $25,000.


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