BAY CITY, MI – A Flint man is accused by federal authorities of using a stolen Social Security number to steal six digits from central Michigan financial institutions, money he then used to buy more a dozen vehicles.
In an August 13 criminal complaint, a U.S. Secret Service special agent wrote that beginning in December 2019, Eddie E. Hendrickson used a stolen Social Security number to fraudulently acquire $201,080.12 in loans from financial institutions. Hendrickson then used that money to buy 15 trucks, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, the agent wrote.
The complaint lists 10 dates of Hendrickson’s alleged crimes, the first being December 23, 2019. That day, Hendrickson used the stolen Social Security number and driver’s license to apply for a car loan from Bay Cycle Sales in the Bangor Township. The loan was for two Honda motorcycles, totaling a loss of $21,000.36.
Hendrickson repeated this tactic nine more times, according to the complaint:
Dec. 28, 2019 – Hendrickson received a loan from Financial Plus Credit Union and purchased two 2020 Polaris Sportsman 570 ATVs from the Shiawassee Sports Center in Birch Run, totaling a loss of $17,563.08.
December 30, 2019 – Hendrickson received a loan from Ally Financial and purchased a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee from Champion Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM in Brighton, totaling a loss of $21,658.
Jan. 8, 2020 – Hendrickson received a loan from Security Credit Union and purchased two 2020 Polaris Outlaw ATVs from the Shiawassee Sports Center, totaling a loss of $7,439.88.
January 9, 2020 – Hendrickson received another loan from Ally Financial and purchased a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 Rebel from Champion Chrysler, totaling a loss of $26,267.64.
Jan. 10, 2020 – Hendrickson received a loan from PNC Bank and purchased a 2018 Dodge Charger from Automania in Dearborn Heights, totaling a loss of $36,468.70.
Jan. 13, 2020 – Hendrickson received a loan from Citizens Bank and purchased a 2019 Dodge Charger from Extreme Dodge in Jackson, totaling a loss of $36,186.
14th January 2020 – Hendrickson applied for a Honda Powersports car loan and credit card at Genthe Power Sport in Southgate. The loan and card were provided by Honda Finance Citibank, and Hendrickson then financed two 2019 Honda ATVs on the credit card. He also purchased a 2019 Honda motorcycle through a Honda Finance credit application, the total loss being $17,637.32.
January 31, 2020 – Hendrickson applied for an auto loan at Bay Cycle Sales in Bangor Township and purchased a 2019 Honda motorcycle totaling a loss of $12,459.04.
Feb. 18, 2020 – Hendrickson used his previously obtained Honda Powersports credit card to purchase a 2019 Honda motorcycle from Nord-Ride Motorsports in Mt. Morris, for a total loss of $4,400.
On March 20, a Genesee County Sheriff’s lieutenant contacted the person whose Social Security number Hendrickson allegedly used. This person has a similar name to Hendrickson, but told the lieutenant that he never authorized anyone else to use his identity or Social Security number, the Secret Service agent wrote.
After being arrested on unrelated charges, Hendrickson on April 7, 2020, was interviewed by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Lt. and a Secret Service Special Agent.
“Hendrickson admitted to participating in a scheme to fraudulently obtain vehicles,” the agent wrote. “He admitted to picking up the vehicles from dealerships and taking them home.”
In July 2020, the two Dodge Chargers purchased by Hendrickson in January were located at an address in Flint. A man there told authorities he was storing the trucks for Hendrickson, the agent wrote.
The credit institutions further told the authorities that no payment had been made on any of the loans, resulting in a total loss on each loan.
Hendrickson, 40, appeared on January 19 this year before U.S. District Judge Patricia T. Morris, who told him he was charged with a single count of impersonation, theft of aggravated identity and bank fraud. Identity theft is a 15-year felony, while aggravated identity theft carries a sentence of up to two years in prison, to be served consecutively to any other stints. Bank fraud is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
Hendrickson appeared before Morris again on March 2 for a detention hearing. Through defense attorney Haralambos D. Mihas, Hendrickson consented to be detained pending trial.
Hendrickson is next due in court on March 14.
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