Filthy Phone originally uploaded by Howard Lake
Instead of an election related post (find live election results for Dakota County here) because everyone and their mother is doing that today, it seemed more appropriate to go with an uplifting story about people overcoming obstacles to satisfy their most basic needs.
According to this Dakota County Criminal Complaint, a West St. Paul man was arrested and charged with identity theft after he ran up a large charge he could not afford on a sex line and then began stealing other peoples identities to continue his regular chatting with women paid to talk dirty to him.
From the complaint:
On May 25, 2010, D.L.N. contacted the Apple Valley Police department to report someone had used his name and address without his permission. D.L.N. reported he received a letter from a debt collection service that stated he owed $134.99 to F.C.F. It was discovered that F.C.F. does the billing for an adult services phone line. Investigation revealed that D.L.N.’s name and address had been used to set up an account with the adult services phone line. The routing number provided was legitimate, but the account number was fictitious.
However, the address listed for the subscriber, (“T.F.”), came back to a residence located in St. Paul. A detective spoke with the owner of the residence located at this St. Paul address and learned that Jehovah Jirah McClain was the sole occupant of the apartment.
On August 10, 2010, J.T.K. contacted the Eagan Police Department to report he received a letter from a debt collection service that stated he owed $134.99 to F.C.F. It was discovered that F.C.F. was demanding to be paid for what they believed was J.T.K.’s use of an adult services phone line.
On September 20, 2010, L.D. contacted the Apple Valley Police Department to report P.D.’s name and address had been used without his permission. L.D. and P.D. received a letter at their residence on August 4, 2010, from a debt collection service stating P.D. owed $134.99 to F.C.F. It was discovered that F.C.F. was demanding to be paid for what they believed was P.D.’s use of an adult services phone line.
On September 20, 2010, police spoke with R.K., an employee of the adult services phone line company. R.K. informed police that McClain had used their services under his own name in the past and he currently had an outstanding debt on his account from 2008. She explained that she ran phone numbers associated with McClain through her records system and discovered calls had been made from McClain’s phone numbers, under 14 different men’s names.
Clearly this man has issues if he’s willing to steal other people’s identities to continue to make calls to sex lines. Phone sex operators are “part therapist, part sexual surrogate and they also have to improvise and create multiple personae in order to play the submissive secretary, the naughty nurse, the adult baby, the porn star or the barely legal teen girl,” but even so, no matter how messed up you are blowing through more than $400 of other people’s money illegally so you can get that free therapy is just as sick as making the calls. The fact that this guy made calls under 14 different people’s names and only three are listed in this complaint mean there are potentially 11+ other men who could be finding a charge from this place on their statements.
Is this the craziest story you’ve heard? Can you believe that in the day of the Internet there are still people willing to ring up more than $2000 in sex calls over the course of a few months? Do you think the company, being that they had records for this guy spanning 14 different names from the same phone numbers, should have been more proactive in realizing the fraud instead of having to scare people into going to the cops and having them deal with the investigation? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.