Smokey Barn News
Wednesday October 22, 2014
Springfield, Robertson County, Tenn.
Woodland Furniture Owner Charged With 13 Counts Of Identity Theft
Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for a Robertson County area business owner for allegedly falsifying documents and applying for credit in the names of some of his former customers, according to a T.B.I release.
At the request of 18th District Attorney General Ray Whitley, TBI Special Agents and officers with the Portland Police Department began investigating Brian Lewis on February 7, 2014. During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that Lewis, the owner of Woodland Furniture stores in Portland, on South Broadway, and White House, on Hwy 31W, was allegedly using personal information from prior credit applications of former customers to open new accounts. Agents determined that between September 2013 and January 2014, Lewis allegedly used customers’ data to apply for credit without their permission and subsequently received payments for false furniture sales, according to the T.B.I.
On Tuesday, a Sumner County Grand Jury returned indictments for the 40-year old Portland man, charging him with 13 counts of Identity Theft, eight counts of Forgery and one count of Theft over $10,000. This afternoon, Lewis turned himself in at the Sumner County Jail where he was arrested and booked. He is currently being held on a $10,000 bond.
It’s important to remember that Brian Lewis has only been charged, not convicted. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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