Identity thief helps felons, people with prior evictions secure apartment leases, investigators say

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HOUSTON— An identity theft predator is off the streets after one of his alleged clients helped investigators uncover his scam, according to the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office.

A woman in another state called an apartment complex in the 14500 block of Philippine Street in Houston to find out why an apartment was placed in her name. Patrol units were called in and the renter admitted the identification was given to her by a man that she met on the Internet.

According to investigators with the Hi-Tech Crimes Unit, Charles Anthony Christmas advertised on social media and the Internet that he could help felons and people with prior evictions secure a rental agreement for fees ranging from $300 to $700. Christmas allegedly issued forged government issued identification cards, paycheck stubs, and other documentation to his customers’ using the names of persons whose identifying information had been stolen without their knowledge.

Christmas was charged with felony possession/ use of identifying information. He is currently being held without bond.