Former lawyer's Colorado arrest also brings trouble in Wayne County and Missouri
RICHMOND, Ind. — A Colorado arrest under similar circumstances to one in Wayne County has a former St. Louis lawyer facing trouble in three states.
Alan Samuel Cohen, 50, of St. Louis has had warrants issued for his arrest from Wayne County; St. Charles County, Missouri; and Pitkin County, Colorado, after he was arrested, bonded out of jail then failed to show up for a Colorado court date, according to court records.
Wayne County and St. Charles County have filed to revoke probation Cohen received for 2017 convictions in each jurisdiction. Cohen faces felony charges of criminal possession of a financial device, identity theft and criminal impersonation after his Oct. 9 arrest at an Aspen, Colorado, Luis Vuitton store, according to an affidavit for the Colorado case submitted with the Wayne County petition for revocation.
A Jan. 2 initial hearing has been scheduled in Superior Court II for Cohen's Wayne County petition for revocation.
In Wayne County, Cohen pleaded guilty Feb. 6 to three counts of Level 6 felony attempted fraud, while three more attempted fraud and a public nudity charge were dismissed. As stipulated in his plea agreement, he was sentenced to one year of incarceration that was suspended to 180 days of home detention and probation.
Just three weeks later, Cohen, who had two previous convictions in Missouri for theft, received in St. Charles (Missouri) Circuit Court a seven-year suspended sentence that includes five years of probation after pleading guilty to felony receiving stolen property. That sentence was set to be served concurrently to the Wayne County sentence.
Now, both jurisdictions have filed to revoke Cohen's probation because his Colorado arrest violates conditions of his probation.
Cohen, a disbarred lawyer, was found in possession of 12 credit cards in other people's names and was carrying bags containing $1,681.03 in merchandise purchased with cards not in his name, according to the affidavit. After authorities received a search warrant for his vehicle, they found more than 60 credit cards, electronics and clothing.
The arrest is similar to Cohen's Nov. 4, 2015, Wayne County arrest.
He was arrested at Richmond Square Mall after the Richmond Police Department received a report of a reckless driver. Officer Sergio Santiago located the vehicle at the mall, then saw Cohen approach the vehicle and urinate, according to an affidavit of probable cause. Santiago approached Cohen to arrest him for public nudity and discovered 16 Citi Bank credit cards in Cohen's possession, but none in Cohen's name. More cards were found in Cohen's vehicle and when he was lodged in the Wayne County Jail, bringing the total to about 90.
During the investigation, officers learned Cohen had attempted to use 11 credit cards to purchase men's clothing in Dillard's, but all 11 were denied. Investigators were able to contact six people whose names were on the cards, leading to the six charges.
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