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A Milwaukee woman and Illinois man are facing felonies after the man allegedly used the identity of former roommates to open several credit accounts, which the couple used to post an ad for an escort service.

Keith Mansfield, 29, of Winthrop Harbor Illinois, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with one felony count of personal identity theft-financial gain.

If convicted, Mansfield faces up to six years in prison and fines up to $10,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Mansfield helped a Caledonia woman with her taxes and obtained her personal information to obtain credit cards in her name. Mansfield purchased tires and a television. The woman was then sent a bill for the items.

Mansfield, who lived in the 8500 block of Caddy Vista Drive, lived near the woman, who lives in the 8600 block of Vista Drive.

In a separate case, Mansfield and Toni Braatz, 25, of Milwaukee, were both charged with a misdemeanor count of theft – party to a crime and a felony count of personal identity theft–financial gain, party to a crime. If convicted of all charges, Mansfield and Braatz face up to six years, nine months in prison, and fined up to $20,000.

According to that criminal complaint, Mansfield’s former roommate told the Caledonia police that he had access to her credit card information on her computer. The woman told officers that Mansfield charged a number of items to her bank account, and opened credit accounts from Walmart in the woman’s daughter’s name and in the name of a disabled man that was living with them.

The woman told police that she kicked Mansfield out after she suspected that he was selling prescription medications.

Detectives working on the case received a response from a subpoena from one of the charges made on the accounts. Records showed charges for four classified advertisements in the “Chicago Adult Entertainment/Chicago Escorts” section on a website calle backpage.com.

During the investigation, police learned that Braatz and Mansfield had ads posted for being an escort, which had Mansfield’s phone number listed as the contact. Braatz told police she was listed on the ad and that it was Mansfield’s idea to post the ads.

A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 20 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.

 

 

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.