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Police charge woman with ID theft

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By The Staff

TELL CITY - A state-police investigation that lasted nearly a year led to the arrest last week of a Cannelton woman on nine counts of fraud.

Dawn M. Hockenberry, 34, of 37A Pleasant Valley Drive, allegedly stole identifying information from two Cannelton residents and used the data to obtain student loans and other lines of credit. ISP Detective Chris Cecil said the victims had no knowledge of the loans until they began receiving collection notices. The alleged fraud began in late 2007 and totaled $32,000, Cecil said.

The state police criminal investigations division opened its case in August 2008. Cecil said troopers eventually obtained enough evidence to establish probable cause and to request warrants for Hockenberry's arrest.

State police encourage Hoosiers to regularly check their credit histories for signs of fraud. Reports are available each year at no cost through the state attorney general's office and show recent requests for credit such as student loans, credit cards and installment accounts.

"One of the best ways to protect yourself from being a victim of identity theft is to check your credit history on a regular basis," said Cecil.  

Free credit reports can be accessed at www.annualcreditreport.com.