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Racine Police Department

A 51-year-old man is being held at the Racine County Jail under the name John Doe because police are not sure of his real identity, and he could be tied to an open drug case in California.

According to online court records, the man needs a Spanish interpreter so his initial appearance has been postponed until Monday. He is facing a single felony count of personal ID theft – financial gain. If convicted, he faces up to six years in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines.

Police say they received a complaint of identity theft from the Riverside Police Department from a man saying he’d had his identity stolen by someone living in Racine. Officers checked arrest records, and discovered an individual with the man’s name and social security number with an arrest record dating back to 2002. They also found a 2006 complaint of identity theft from the same California man but say that the investigation stalled when records from California could not be obtained.

The man’s complaint alleges he might be from Orange County, CA, with an active drug warrant there described as “dangerous,” and that he stole a resident’s wallet over 10 years ago and assumed that man’s identity after moving to Racine County. Wisconsin arrest records for the man living in Racine list as an alias the name assigned the drug warrant out of California.

Officers went to the Racine man’s job for a preliminary interview, but the man denied being anyone other than the name on his ID and social security card, the mans’ complaint reads. Police obtained the man’s permission to collect his finger prints, which were compared to the California man’s prints and determined to not match.

Police took the man into custody after dispatch returned three active municipal warrants. In his wallet, officers say they found four different driver’s license’s dating back to 2000 in the name of the California man, a green card that police suspect was forged, and the ID’s for two children with a last name also listed on the man’s Wisconsin arrest record.

The man’s probably cause statement says he was booked into the Racine County Jail on a $5,000 bond. His initial appearance is Monday.