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Man charged with felony forgery for allegedly using phony credit cards

Updated: January 25, 2014 6:24AM

A Chicago man has been charged with felony forgery and identity theft after he bought thousands of dollars of merchandise on credit cards he was issued using a fake name.

Kane County court records show that on Dec. 16, Wardell Strong, 53, allegedly signed two credit card agreements at Best Buy and Target in North Aurora, using a false name.

According to prosecutors, Wardell had an identification card displaying stolen information, which he used to open up the credit accounts.

He attempted to charge thousands of dollars in merchandise using the forged credit cards, prosecutors said.

Wardell was charged with felony identification theft, two counts of felony forgery, and possession of an altered identification card, prosecutors said.


Someone stole a laptop computer, worth $1,200, sometime between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 4:30 p.m. Thursday while it was in a car parked in the 700 block of Edison Avenue, police said.

Francisco Rivera, 45, 700 block of Hinman Street, Aurora, was charged with drunken driving and improper lane usage after he was stopped near North Avenue and South Ohio Street at 12:14 a.m. Saturday, police said. Police said Rivera was spotted driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

Timothy Williams, 53, of Marengo, was charged with drunken driving, and driving with no headlights at 3:09 a.m. Saturday near South Lake Street and Benton Street, police said.

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Miguel Hernandez, 38, 200 block of Beach Street, Aurora, has been charged with three counts of felony criminal sexual abuse for allegedly assaulting a victim under the age of 13 from July 2005 until Dec. 10, 2013, according to court records.


Someone stole an undisclosed amount of cash from an Oswego business early Saturday morning. Police said the suspect entered the business by breaking a window to get inside around 5:39 a.m.


Rick Becker, 50, of Sheridan, was charged with drunken driving, improper lane usage and no insurance after he struck a tree near Route 34 and Countryside Parkway at 8:22 p.m. Saturday, police said.

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