Racine police say a 25-year-old Chicago man stole the identities of at least four people and used the information to open fraudulent accounts.

Joseph Jackson was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with four felony counts of identity theft. If convicted, he faces up to 24 years in prison and/or up to $40,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, officers Feb. 19 executed a search warrant at an apartment in the 3200 block of Indiana where Jackson and another person were located. Police found more than 20 documents in various names, with different social security numbers, bank account numbers and bank routing numbers.

Officers say Jackson tried to tell them the documents belonged to his brother, but he died in 2015.

Police did locate four victims: one said they discovered their identity had been stolen when a fraudulent account was sent to collections and showed up on their credit report; one said their home had been burglarized in April 2015 and their wallet was taken; and two others say they also had accounts opened in their name that they did not authorize. All the victims say they did not know Jackson and did not give him their information.

Jackson remains in the Racine County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond and an Illinois Department of Corrections hold. He will next be in court March 3 for his preliminary hearing.

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