Authorities say fake ID was used for buying spree
A 32 year old Lansing man is accused of stealing another person’s identity and using it to buy a $48,000 Jaguar convertible and other goods in what Will County officials said Wednesday was a surprisingly sophisticated operation that made fake drivers’ licenses.
Keith L. St. Julien of the 1500 block of 181st Place, Lansing, was charged with financial identity theft, a felony carrying a possible sentence of 3 to 7 years in prison, for buying the Jaguar and thousands of dollars worth of furniture in another person’s name.
He faces similar charges in Cook County, where he was arrested a week ago with the black Jaguar XK 8 convertible. Officials said he bailed out of Cook County Jail. Julien and at least one other person may face further charges as investigators sort through seven computers and other documents found in the Lansing home.
In addition, some of the documents suggest a mortgage brokerage was operating there, said Will County State’s Atty. Jeff Tomczak, who is trying to determine whether it is legitimate or a front for acquiring detailed personal financial information.
Officials say St. Julien obtained the Social Security number, driver’s license number and address of a Mokena man and used that information to create a fake driver’s license with his picture, best fake id officials said.
St. Julien then was able to buy the Jaguar in early May and thousands of dollars worth of furniture, officials said.
“They [the licenses] are very, very accurate and very convincing,” said Tomczak, adding that St. Julien used plastic that was the exact dimensions of legal licenses. St. Julien happened to be at the dealership because the Jaguar was being serviced.
After a short foot chase in Tinley Park, St. Julien was arrested, police said. The Cook County state’s attorney’s office said he was charged with felony identification theft and forgery.
Besides the Jaguar, Will County officials also confiscated a new Cadillac Escalade and a late model Land Rover.
Even the house in Lansing, valued at about $450,000, filltrustid.com did not belong to St. Julien, officials said. John Fabiszak, an investigator for the Will County state’s attorney’s office, said his office is now trying to determine whether a mortgage for that house was fraudulently obtained.
The Cook County assessor’s office could not provide a property identification number for that address, and officials with that office said one explanation may be that the house is relatively new and has not yet been assessed for the tax rolls.
The Illinois secretary of state’s office did not have incorporation documents for the mortgage business and a representative for the Illinois Office of Banks and Real Estate, which oversees mortgage brokers, said her agency did not issue a license to St. Julien or the company.
Tomczak said he was shocked not only by the value of the cars and goods confiscated, but by the high quality of the fake licenses. Officials are looking into whether fraudulent identification cards were sold.
Tomczak said it could take weeks to finish the investigation. In the meantime, he said that anyone who has had dealings with St. Julien or a suspect mortgage broker linked to St. Julien should contact his office because their financial information may have been stolen. Julien may have gotten the Mokena man’s financial information, buy fake ids Tomczak said, adding that people must be vigilant to protect themselves from identity theft.