- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

MCCLELLANDTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Police say a Pennsylvania man opened 18 bank accounts in the name of his estranged wife and 7-year-old daughter and has been jailed on identity theft, forgery and other charges.

Thirty-five-year-old Christopher Ryan Thomas remained in the Fayette County jail Tuesday, awaiting a Dec. 21 preliminary hearing.

State police near Uniontown say Thomas and his wife are getting divorced and the woman contacted them in September when she began receiving correspondence about bank accounts she didn’t open.

Investigators determined Thomas opened 18 different accounts at 15 different financial institutions using the name of his wife and their daughter. Police say Thomas cashed $1,800 worth of bad checks, made fraudulent deposits worth $2,000 and used a fraudulently issued debit card to buy $200 worth of gift cards.

Thomas’ public defender hasn’t commented on the charges.

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