A 40-year-old man from New Jersey has been arrested by local authorities on charges of forgery and identity fraud after he was allegedly caught by deputies at a south Forsyth phone store earlier this week attempting to make changes to another person’s account.
A Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office incident report states that deputies arrived at the Verizon Wireless store at 2637 Peachtree Parkway for reports that a male suspect attempting to use another person’s account.
Upon deputies’ arrival at the store, the report states that a suspect, later identified as Yamil Gonzalez, fled the location on foot and was apprehended shortly after at a nearby Home Depot.
After Gonzalez was apprehended, deputies learned from store employees, the suspect entered the store with an allegedly fake Pennsylvania driver’s license and attempted to activate a new phone on the account of a Verizon Wireless customer.
A store employee told the deputies that they called a phone number associated with the account and were told that the suspect was not a verified user and the police should be called.
After Gonzalez’s arrest, the report states that deputies recovered an allegedly fake identification card from the store. When asked, Gonzalez told the deputies that he received the license from a friend, but would not reveal the friend’s name.
Rainwater said that they later learned that Gonzalez is also wanted in Hudson County, N.J., for burglary.
In Forsyth County, Gonzalez has been charged with forgery, identity fraud, obstruction of law enforcement officers and fugitive from justice. He is being held in the Forsyth County Jail under a bond of $23,395.