A man from Washington faces at least five years in prison after being convicted of stealing the identity of an Iredell County woman.
Authorities say their investigation was launched this summer after a woman reported two fraudulent charges on her debit card. The victim also discovered that two credit cards had been issued in her name, and had received a call from Wal-Mart concerning an internet order that she had not made, according to the Iredell County Sheriffs Office.
The sheriffs office said evidence gathered during the investigation led them thousands of miles away to the state of Washington, where they learned authorities there had been looking into multiple suspected identity thefts.
The suspect in the fraud cases was identified as Michael Avery Reno, local authorities said.
Reno was recently convicted of first- and second-degree identity theft, as well as one count of viewing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually-explicit conduct in the second-degree, Iredell authorities said. It was not immediately clear how the child sex charge was related to the Iredell fraud case.