Man charged with stealing state official’s identity and opening fraudulent car insurance policies

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MACOMB COUNTY, MI – A Macomb County man is facing felony charges for allegedly stealing the identity of a Michigan state official and using it to open fraudulent auto insurance policies , authorities said.

Christopher Still, 24, of Eastpointe, is accused of stealing the identity of Rep. Tyrone Carter, a Democrat representing part of Wayne County. Still allegedly used a computer to open three bogus auto insurance policies in Carter’s name.

Still is charged with three counts of impersonation, a felony punishable by five years in prison and fines of up to $25,000; insurance fraud, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines; and use a computer to commit a crime.

On Tuesday, 38th District Court Judge Kathleen G. Galen returned the case to Macomb County Circuit Court for trial. Still is due in circuit court on August 8.

“We see in this instance that anyone can be targeted for identity theft and fraud, which is why it’s so important for all of us to be vigilant about protecting our personal information.” said Anita Fox, director of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services.

“Opening a fraudulent insurance policy under your name could cause problems for you and your family, so we encourage Michigan residents to check their credit reports and carefully review all financial documents they receive to ensure that their identity is protected,” she said.

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