Hearing Set for Tomorrow for Door-to-Door Salesman Accused of Identity Theft in Franklin

| June 30, 2020

VENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – A man who allegedly committed identity theft while selling communications services door-to-door in Franklin is due in court tomorrow.

Court documents indicate 57-year-old Lawrence Robert Greene Jr., of Warren, Ohio, is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in Venango County Central Court at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1.

He faces the following charges:

– Identity Theft, Misdemeanor 1 (three counts)
– Forgery – Unauthorized Act in Writing, Misdemeanor 1 (three counts)
– Theft by Deception-False Impression, Misdemeanor 1 (three counts)

The charges stem from an investigation into an alleged identity theft.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, on May 3, 2019, an incident of fraud was reported to the Franklin Police Department.

According to the complaint, the victim received a call on May 1 from a collection agency attempting to collect a debt of over three hundred dollars for television, internet, and phone service. The service was received from March through May of 2017. The victim indicated he never resided at the residence where the debt was incurred and further stated they did not know who lived at the residence.

The complaint states Patrolman Wheeling, of the Franklin Police Department, discovered the residence in question was an apartment in the Arbor Circle apartment complex and went to the residence. At the residence, Ptlm. Wheeling made contact with the current tenant who confirmed they did have communications services during the time frame in question and noted they never received a bill for the service. The tenant reported the service was initiated by a door-to-door salesman whose name was Lawrence Greene.

Ptlm. Wheeling continued the investigation and discovered there were other similar incidents in which both of the victims indicated they were turned into collections, alleging they owed approximately three hundred dollars, and the services were for addresses where they did not reside. It was discovered through the course of the investigation the other fraud incidents both involved Greene, who worked for Time Warner/Spectrum at the time.

The charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland’s office on February 27.


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