Crime & Courts

Detectives seek suspect in bank fraud, ID theft

Richland County Sheriff's Department detectives are on the hunt for a man they suspect of defrauding a bank and committing identity theft.

The apparent crimes came to light Dec. 10 when a man discovered someone had opened a bank account in his disabled father's name.

The male suspect, using the alias James Henry Ford and claiming to be 67 years old, wrote more than 25 checks to buy furniture, appliances, food and clothing. He is connected to more than $40,000 in fraudulent purchases from local business, the sheriff's department said.

The suspect's image was captured by a Department of Motor Vehicles surveillance camera when he applied for an ID card. He is described as being in his late 60s or early 70s, about 5-feet, 9-inches tall and weighing about 195 pounds. He was wearing glasses in the image.

Anyone with information about the man's true identity or whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at (888) CRIME-SC.

- Kelly Davis