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Waterford Police Arrest Man on Parole for Alleged Identity Theft

Kirk Wilson, 32, of Hartford was on conditional release from prison when he allegedly stole the identity of a Waterford family.

A Hartford man will be arraigned in court today after Waterford Police arrested him for allegedly stealing the identity of a Waterford family while he was on probation.

Kirk Wilson, 32, of Hartford was charged on September 29th with third-degree identity theft, third-degree larceny, illegal possession of a personal identification information device, eight counts of second-degree forgery and eight counts of issuing a bad check after he allegedly wrote forged checks from a Waterford family's checking account to a several retail outlets, according to court documents. Wilson was on conditional release from Enfield Correctional Facility when he allegedly committed the crime, according to court records.

Wilson will appear in a New London court today for his arraignment. He appeared Monday and received a two-day continuance after he said he hadn’t talked with his lawyer.

The Case

Earlier this year, a Waterford woman went to transfer money from her Liberty Bank checking account when the teller said most of the funds in that account had been depleted, according to an arrest affidavit written by Waterford Police Officer Steve Whitehead. The women was surprised, as she thought there was more money in the account, according to the affidavit.

Her husband, also a Waterford resident, went to Liberty Bank in Waterford and talked with the branch manager. After looking into the account, the two identified eight potential fraudulent transactions, according to the affidavit.

Police found the checks cashed that were cashed, and Wilson’s name was on all of them, according to the affidavit. The checks totaled $2,402.82 and were written to several department stores, including a $202.10 check to Walmart, a $310.51 check to Journeys and a $251.84 check to Designer Shoe Warehouse, according to the affidavit.

Whitehead ran a background check on Wilson and found he was on conditional release from Enfield Correctional Facility after previously being convicted of assault and then later for violating his probation. He was arrested and originally held on $50,000 bail, although his bail will be set today at his arraignment.

According to court records, Wilson has a long criminal history, including convictions for assault, violation of a protective order and third-degree larceny. He was last convicted of violating probation in 2011, according to court records.

Maggie L. October 03, 2012 at 12:42 PM
These days you have to be very vigilant about checking your bank accounts often. I check mine a couple of times a week. Not long ago I was the victim of someone who had gained access to my account information and drained my bank account. They started off with a couple of small charges and when those went through succesfully they just drained what was left. You have to be aware that when you do something like order take-out food and they ask for your card information including the security code on the back of the card, they have all the information they need to make transactions on-line. They have your name, address, telephone number and card number. I also worked with the manager at Liberty Bank and they were wonderful. I was able to get all my money credited back to my account. Now I am very careful about who I give that information to and I check my bank account 2 or 3 times a week for any transactions that I don't recognize.
Sarah orr October 03, 2012 at 01:18 PM
I use Bank of America and have all kinds of alerts set up to inform me of potential fraudulent charges. I also check my account daily

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