Cut & Paste Job Nets Man Identity Theft, Fraud Charges
By Lisa Pett
A 25-year old Wisconsin Rapids man is facing several charges including identity theft in a case involving falsified documents used to try to lower his mother’s insurance rates.
Dylan Narel appeared in Portage County Court on Monday on charges he was falsifying documents for his mother to fax to her insurance company.
According to the criminal complaint, police officers in Stevens Point investigated a case referred to them by the Wood County Sheriff’s Department. An employee from American Family Insurance reported that on November 13, 2013, he had received faxed documents from a Sentry Insurance employee, which he suspected were forged.
Officers interviewed the woman who told them she received the documents from her son, Dylan Narel. He was living with her and, as a result, she was paying high risk insurance rates due to his driving record. The faxed documents included a letter from Portage County Judge Thomas Eagon, along with a letter from an employee from the Department of Motor Vehicles and the UWSP Parking office.
The letters falsely claimed that Narel’s driver’s license was not revoked. According to Department of Transportation records, it was. Officers contacted the DMV, who told them the named employee did not work there. Judge Eagon denied sending any letter to Narel and did not consent for any letter to be sent in his name.
Officers subsequently questioned Narel, who admitted to of cutting and pasting several documents together on his computer. He goal was to reduce his mother’s high risk insurance rates.
Narel is free on a $10,000 signature bond and is due back in court for an initial appearance on September 8.