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Vaden man charged in financial identity fraud

Racking up more than $13,500 in credit card debt in your own name is one thing, but leaving someone else to foot the bill is entirely different.

A Vaden, Arkansas, man has been charged with financial identity fraud and fraudulent use of a credit card following an investigation by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Using an in-law’s name to open two credit card accounts, Phillip Gene Falk, 41, charged $13,587 in “extremely frivolous” transactions to the accounts, according to court documents filed this week in Clark County. An affidavit notes that the unemployed Falk had been “living off the credit cards” but does not specify for how long. Among the charges were an aluminum ladder that was purchased online and shipped to Arkadelphia Walmart.

The investigator noted in his affidavit that an attempt to open a third credit card account was denied.

Falk was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on July 13 for two counts each of financial identity fraud and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Investigating the case was Nick Funderburk of the CCSO. Prosecuting Attorney Dan Turner will represent the state in proceedings.