Sunday, October 06, 2002

Former loan officer accused of using others' IDs

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A former loan officer has been charged in connection with using other people's credit information to get loans and purchase a sport-utility vehicle.

        Forest Park Police arrested Prentice D. Larkin, 34, of the 2500 block of Victory Parkway on Wednesday at a Bank One Branch on Northland Road. Police say he was trying to get a $15,000 loan using the name of David L. Bryant.

        A police report said Mr. Larkin presented a fake driver's license in Dr. Bryant's name and signed the loan agreement in the doctor's name.

        Dr. Bryant is an orthopedic surgeon in Hamilton.

        Police said Mr. Larkin was a loan officer who closed loans for a local mortgage company but allegedly kept the customers' information - stealing at least two people's identity.

        On July 16, Mr. Larkin allegedly purchased a $28,000 1999 Lincoln Navigator from Superior Chevrolet using false identification from a former client, according to court records. Mr. Larkin made a $1,700 down payment and insured the Navigator in both his name and the name of his former client, Wenye Shi.

        Police said Mr. Larkin still had the car when he was arrested.

        Mr. Larkin is charged with the felony of securing writings by deception and possession of criminal tools. A Hamilton County grand jury will get the case Nov. 11.

        Mr. Larkin was released Thursday from the justice center after posting a $1,000 bond.


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