A Santa Rosa man suspected of stealing a dead man's identity to open bank accounts and get credit cards was scheduled to be arraigned today on suspicion of theft, burglary and other charges, Sonoma County sheriff's officials said.
Michael Edward Green Jr., 37, was arrested Monday but was already wanted by authorities for previous cases involving suspected vehicle theft, drug sales, weapons charges and probation violations, Sgt. Michael Raasch said.
The identity theft case began Jan. 18 when a Sonoma Valley resident reported that two boxes of blank checks were stolen from her mailbox, Raasch said. A person had cashed one of the checks, fraudulently written for nearly $1,000 to a David Tentis.
But Tentis died in June 2012, Raasch said.
Detectives now suspect Green used Tentis' identity to open an account with Bank of America on Dec. 2, get credit cards, rent hotel rooms and avoid arrest on warrants by using another person's name, Raasch said.
On Monday, Rohnert Park police arrested Green at the Budget Inn at about 10 am. after he identified himself as David Tentis and a record check revealed Tentis was deceased, Raasch said. They also arrested a woman with Green in the parking lot, Kailyne Marbry, 22, of Santa Rosa on suspicion of being in possession a large amount of methamphetamine for sale.
Green is also suspected of stealing items from hotel rooms in Santa Rosa and is on probation for a previous DUI conviction, Raasch said.
Green was being held on $181,000 bail at the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of commercial burglary, identity theft, theft by use of an access card, falsely identifying himself to police and four arrest warrants, Raasch said. He is set to appear before a judge at 1:30 p.m. today in courtroom 9.
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