Alaska man facing charges for defrauding Ohioans

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – An Alaska man is facing criminal charges for defrauding Ohioans and citizens in other states.

30-year-old Andrew Jensen, of Anchorage, tricked people into giving him money, property, or services, by lying about his identity. He would falsely portray himself as a successful businessman or military veteran.

Allegedly, he obtained loans, lines of credit, vehicles, and other goods or services from at least 22 people, including an elderly man in Morgan County. Losses total more than $450,000.

Jensen was arraigned Monday in the Morgan County Court of Common Pleas after previously being indicted by a Morgan County grand jury on 29 felony counts including telecommunications fraud, identity fraud, grand theft of a motor vehicle, theft from the elderly, money laundering, and misuse of credit cards.

The Morgan County Prosecutor appointed an attorney with the Ohio Attorney General’s Economic Crimes Unit to handle the case as a special prosecutor. The case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Economic Crimes Unit and Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.

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