Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sallisaw Man Charged with Fraud

Christopher Jacob Froelich, 28, of Sallisaw was arraigned in U.S. Federal Court in Muskogee Wednesday on wire fraud, identity theft and counterfeit charges. Froelich was charged with six counts of wire fraud, punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment and up to a $250,000 fine; six counts of aggravated identity theft punishable by two years imprisonment and up to a $250,000 fine; and two counts of uttering a counterfeit security with intent to deceive, punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and up to a $250,000 fine. 

The indictment was filed on Sept. 10 and alleges that from December 25, 2013, to March 30, 2014, Froelich devised a scheme to defraud various individuals and financial institutions. He allegedly used fraudulently obtained personal identification information to create false online accounts at financial institutions, and also uttered counterfeit checks for mobile deposit intending to defraud. The charges were the result of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Secret Service. Froelich was remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service. By Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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