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Charlotte Man Arrested In Georgia On Lincoln County Charges
Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Lincoln County Sheriff's
Office Press Release

LINCOLNTON, N.C. - On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division arrested a Charlotte man for identity theft. The arrest came after an investigation into fraudulent credit card use from a local Denver trucking company where several thousand dollars’ worth of goods and services were illegally obtained.

A report was filed in October 2018 about several business credit cards were discovered being used throughout North Carolina and even in multiple other states. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jon Propst investigated the case and found that a former employee was responsible for the transactions. Warrants were obtained for the man in November 2018 and he was entered as wanted in NCIC.

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On Saturday February 23, 2019, the wanted man was stopped by deputies in McIntosh County, Georgia for using his cell phone while driving. When a records check revealed he had outstanding warrants in Lincoln County, he was arrested and held until he could be extradited to Lincoln County. On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, he was transported back to Lincoln County and formerly charged.

Jose Garcia-Ledesma, 43, of Charlotte, was charged with 12 felony counts of Identity Theft. He was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $65,000 secured bond. He is also being held on an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detainer. Garcia-Ledesma had a first court appearance in Lincoln County District Court on March 6, 2019. The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be pending.

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