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More ID theft charges filed

| Monday, Nov. 3, 2003

MONESSEN - Monessen police today filed additional charges against a Charleroi man who allegedly stole the identity of his former brother-in-law.

Mike Gaydos, 25, of 712 Meadow Ave., was charged with two additional counts of identity theft, forgery and access device fraud, and two counts of theft and receiving stolen property.

On Oct. 24, Gaydos was charged with identity theft, forgery and access device fraud after he confessed to obtaining personal information about Doug Campbell, of Monessen, including his Social Security number, and obtaining a Discover Card account in Campbell's name.

Gaydos registered the card for his own address, but in Campbell's name, police said. From June through August, he purportedly ran up $4,900 in charges on the account.

As a result of that incident, Campbell ran a credit history on himself and discovered two more credit card accounts in his name but for Gaydos' address.

One of the accounts, with Capital One, carried $5,053 in charges. The other, with Bank of America, carried $3,821 in charges.

Monessen Det. Sgt. John Mandarino said Campbell called him Friday and reported the other accounts.

Mandarino filed the charges and then went to Monessen District Justice Joseph Dalfonso this morning to obtain a warrant for Gaydos' arrest.

"These new credit card charges are the same as the other one," Mandarino said.

"The cards were in Doug's name but were sent to Gaydos' home.

"When (Gaydos) confessed after the first charge, he told me there weren't any more."

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