CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper resident is facing a felony charge in Natrona County, after it was alleged that he took out a credit card in another person’s name and purchased tires with the card.
Paperwork filed in Natrona County Circuit Court says that Casper Police investigators responded to a complaint were a resident said that they suspected a person had taken out a credit card in the reporting party’s name, without their permission, and charged jover $1,100 worth of items to the account. The reporting party said that they suspected a known individual had applied for the card.
The reporting party said that the suspect had purchased tires with the credit, and had given them a set. They claimed that they were unaware that the tires had been purchased in their name, until receiving a notification of a missed payment.
During the investigation, Casper PD says that the application had used the reporting party’s name, social security number, and birth date; but utilized the suspect’s phone number, email, and physical address that are reportedly associated with the suspect.
Police contacted the suspect in the case, identified as 39-year-old Joseph J. Herrera, who is said to have told investigators that he filled out the application for the line of credit, but denied using the name and information of the reporting party, and reportedly had no explanation for how the reporting party’s information became associated with the account. Herrera is further said to have denied responsibility for the cost of the tires.
Herrera made his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on June 14, 2021, where the felony charge of Identity Theft was read to him. During the hearing, the suspect was also given a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.
All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.