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Roland man charged with identity theft

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - A felony arrest warrant was issued April 7 for a Roland man accused of identity theft.

Brandon Hannick, 29, faces up to five years in the Department of Corrections and a fine of up to $100,000 if he is convicted. His bond was set at $5,000 and he is due in court at 1:30 p.m. April 13.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, on April 1, a Roland police officer took a report on an identity theft. The alleged victim, Ricky Ardrey, told the officer his First National Bank account had been charged for a $325 purchase he did not make.

Ardrey also stated that before he could contact the bank and close the account, it was charged another $189 by Arkansas Valley Electric, which Ardrey does not have.

The man told the officer he knew Hannick and his daughter, Kenzie Ardrey, used Arkansas Valley Electric. Ardrey also stated that he had received a telephone call from Deluxe Checks verifying that he had ordered checks from them, which Ardrey had not.

Ardrey said he also began getting credit cards in the mail for which he had not applied.

He reported that Hannick had written a $750 check and signed the back of it in an attempt to use Ardrey’s First National account. Ardrey said he then switched to online banking, and on March 9, he noticed a fraudulent charge on his Arvest Bank account for another credit card he didn’t request.

On April 4, the Roland officer went to Hannick’s residence and asked the suspect to come to the police department. Hannick complied and submitted to an interview. He was released without incident.

Also on April 4, another Roland officer took a report from Shelby Ardrey, who said a credit card had also been opened in her name. The card was used to pay a $331.54 Roland water bill. Hannick and his girlfriend allegedly used the funds to turn on their water at their residence.

Andrea Adams, Staff Writer

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