A Mishawaka man is facing multiple charges in connection with assuming control of his neighbor’s bank account and credit card as well as opening bank accounts or depositing checks in the names of his wife, girlfriend, girlfriend’s mother, stepson and stepson’s father, according to court records.
Christopher Lehman has been charged with four counts of synthetic identity deception and one count of fraud.
The first identified victim contacted Mishawaka Police on August 14, 2019 after discovering someone had opened an online banking account for his bank account and changed the phone number and email address. In addition, someone had changed the information on his Discover card, reports said.
The victim also reported $3472.47 in fraudulent charges on the Discover card at area businesses, according to reports.
The victim, who resides in the 100 block of E. Ninth Street, said he believed someone was stealing his mail to gain access to his accounts, according to the probable cause affidavit.
After obtaining a warrant for information on the victim’s accounts, police learned the victim’s account information had been changed to Christopher Lehman’s email address and phone number and home address of 121 E. Ninth, according to reports.
Police discovered there were several other bank accounts that were accessed using the IP address at Lehman’s residence.
The second account was registered to Lehman. It showed check…