Feds Claim a Flint Man Used a Fraudulent Social Security Number to Obtain 201k and Purchase 15 Automobiles

Feds Claim a Flint Man Used a Fraudulent Social Security Number to Obtain 201k and Purchase 15 Automobiles

Federal investigators accuse a Flint man of using a stolen Social Security number to rob banking institutions in mid-Michigan of more than six figures, which he then used to purchase more than a dozen vehicles.

Eddie E. Hendrickson, according to a criminal complaint filed on August 13 by a special agent of the United States Secret Service, started using a stolen Social Security number in December 2019 to fraudulently obtain loans totaling $201,080.12. The agent reported that Hendrickson had used the funds to purchase 15 vehicles, including trucks, motorcycles, and off-road vehicles.

The complaint alleges 10 separate crimes committed by Hendrickson beginning on December 23, 2019. Hendrickson applied for a car loan with a fake ID and Social Security number at Bay Cycle Sales in Bangor Township on that date. Two Honda motorcycles were the collateral for a loan of $21,036.

The complaint states that Hendrickson engaged in this practice nine more times:

On December 28th, 2019, using a loan from Financial Plus Credit Union, Hendrickson made a purchase from Shiawassee Sports Center in Birch Run, Michigan, of two 2020 Polaris Sportsman 570 ATVs for a grand total loss of $17,563.08.

On December 30, 2019, Hendrickson borrowed money from Ally Financial and used it to purchase a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee from Champion Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM in Brighton. The transaction cost him a loss of $21,658.

On January 8, 2020, with the help of a $7,439.88 loan from Security Credit Union, Hendrickson purchased two 2020 Polaris Outlaw ATVs from Shiawassee Sports Center.

On January 9, 2020, Hendrickson took out another loan from Ally Financial and paid $26,267.64 for a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 Rebel from Champion Chrysler.

Loss of $36,468.70 occurred on January 10, 2020, when Hendrickson financed the purchase of a 2018 Dodge Charger from Automania in Dearborn Heights using a loan from PNC Bank.

On January 13, 2020, Hendrickson borrowed money from Citizens Bank and used it to purchase a brand new 2019 Dodge Charger from Extreme Dodge in Jackson, for a loss of $36,186.

On January 14, 2020, Hendrickson visited the Genthe Power Sport location in Southgate, Michigan, to apply for a car loan and a Honda Powersports credit card. Honda Finance Citibank extended a loan and credit card to Hendrickson, who used the funds to buy a pair of 2019 Honda ATVs. He also lost $17,637.32 after purchasing a 2019 Honda motorcycle on credit through Honda Finance.

Hendrickson applied for a car loan on January 31, 2020 at Bay Cycle Sales in Bangor Township and spent $12,459.04 on a 2019 Honda motorcycle.

On February 18, 2020, Hendrickson spent $4,400 at Nord-Ride Motorsports in Mt. Morris using a credit card he had gotten from Honda Powersports.

Hendrickson’s supposed Social Security number owner was contacted on March 20 by a lieutenant with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. The Secret Service agent noted that the suspect shared a name with Hendrickson, but that Hendrickson had assured him that no one had ever used his ID or SSN without his permission.

Hendrickson was questioned by a lieutenant from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and a special agent from the Secret Service after his arrest on unrelated charges on April 7, 2020.

The agent noted that “Hendrickson admitted participating in a scheme to obtain vehicles fraudulently.” “He admitted picking up the vehicles from the dealerships and bringing them back to his home.”

Hendrickson’s two new Dodge Chargers from January 2020 were traced to an address in Flint in July 2020. According to the agent’s report, a man at this address claimed to be keeping the vehicles there for Hendrickson.

The financial institutions reported to authorities that they had lost their whole investment in each loan since no payments had been made.

U.S. District Magistrate Judge Patricia T. Morris formally charged Hendrickson, 40, with identity theft, aggravated identity theft, and bank fraud at his initial hearing on January 19. The maximum sentence for identity theft is 15 years in prison, while the maximum sentence for aggravated identity theft is two years in jail, to be served consecutively with any other sentence. The maximum sentence for bank fraud is 30 years in jail and a fine of $1 million.

On March 2, Hendrickson had another detention hearing with Morris. Hendrickson agreed to his detention through his attorney, Haralambos D. Mihas. The next court date for Hendrickson is March 14.

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