A Key West man was arrested on multiple felony fraud counts after his brother discovered he’d stolen his identity and had been using it for months.
Christopher Dieter called Deputy Matt Dowling on May 31st to report his brother, Craig, was using his identity. Christopher found out about it after he received a letter from Medicare saying he’d received medical care at Lower Keys Hospital on Stock Island. He subsequently received communication from the Social Security Administration. They said they were suspending his benefits because he’d been incarcerated in the Monroe County Detention Center. Christopher, who lives in Ida, Michigan, told Deputy Dowling he’d not been in Monroe County in over 10 years.
Subsequent investigations by Detective Dave Chavka revealed:
49 year old Craig Dieter had obtained a Florida Identification Card and later, a Florida Driver’s license, in his brother’s name using his brother’s social security card which he filed for and obtained fraudulently, and using other identification including a forged signature.
He also used his brother’s name, date of birth, Medicare number and Social Security number to obtain Medicare benefits at the hospital.
On a number of occasions he used his brother’s identity when encountering police in the Florida Keys, including a number of encounters with the Sheriff’s Office and when he was arrested by Key West Police for battery and was booked into jail on March 20th.
He registered a 30 foot sailboat using his brother’s identification information.
He registered to vote using his brother’s identity.
He is a convicted felon who was released from prison in Ohio in 2014; he did not subsequently register as a convicted felon within 48 hours of entering Monroe County, as required by law
Craig Dieter was arrested Friday and charged with 12 counts of use or possession of another person’s identification without their consent. He was also charged with voter fraud, two counts of using a false name on a driver’s license or ID card, fraud when filing for a vehicle registration and failing to register as a convicted felon.