Prosecutors: Woman used false identities at 26 credit unions and banks | Crime and courts

WATERLOO – A Minnesota woman accused of using a fake ID to get loans from credit unions in Waterloo and the Quad Cities now faces charges of using a similar scheme at a bank in Cedar Rapids.

Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa filed federal bank fraud and identity theft charges against Maegen Catherine Fortin, 40, of Otsego on Thursday.






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The government alleges Fortin worked the scheme at approximately 26 financial institutions in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota between May 2020 and September 2021.

She used the names, social security numbers and personal information of 25 real people to apply for bank accounts, credit cards and loans using fake passports, military IDs and driver’s licenses.

The federal prosecution alleges that she and an accomplice used two identities to apply for a used car loan of $35,465 and a new car loan of $28,820 at a credit union in Cedar Rapids on June 25, 2021.

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Waterloo police arrested Fortin in May 2022 for allegedly using a fake military ID to open an account at Veridian Credit Union in June 2021. She then earned $22,628 by writing checks and taking out loans , according to court records. The trial in that case was adjourned later this month.

She was also accused last year of allegedly using the identity of a Texas woman to obtain a $6,000 loan from Ascentra Credit Union in Bettendorf and of attempting to use the name of a another woman to buy a vehicle from a dealership in East Moline, Illinois, according to court records. .

Leslie M. Gill