Lawrenceville man charged with identity theft

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County police arrested a Lawrenceville man Thursday morning after evidence led officers to believe the 35-year-old man was responsible for using a New York man's Social Security number and personal information to obtain a job.

Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said Julio Chavez Cordero of 1495 Cedars Road has been charged with identity theft and was taken to the Gwinnett County Detention Center Thursday with no set bond.

Moloney said county investigators with the

Electronic and Financial Crimes Unit began investigating the alleged theft in April after the victim, Edwin Santiago, discovered someone was using his Social Security number to open accounts.

"Investigators took the case as far as it would go in April and then the victim called them again with

additional information that led to the arrest," Moloney said.

After following leads obtained by additional information from Santiago, Cordero was arrested at his place of business, a construction company, in Lawrenceville.

Moloney said the name of the construction company is not being released at the request of the business.

He said Cordero was allegedly using Santiago's Social Security number to obtain employment and health benefits from the construction company.

Cordero admitted to police he entered the United States illegally and purchased the Social Security number and other information from someone in North Carolina.

Moloney did not know who Cordero could have purchased the information from.

He said Cordero was charged with one count felony identity theft, with possible additional requests for indictments.

"This is basically a court case now," Moloney said.