Green Forest man arrested on identity theft charges

Gerardo Castillo-Pedraza, 30, accused of using victim's name to obtain a credit card

Gerardo Castillo
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Gerardo Castillo-Pedraza, 30, at his Green Forest residence after a victim contacted them, saying someone used his name to obtain a credit card.


CARROLL COUNTY, Ark. — A 30-year-old Green Forest man is been arrested on suspicion of identity theft.

Carroll County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Gerardo Castillo-Pedraza at his residence after a victim living in Bakersfield, Calif., contacted them, saying someone in Green Forest used his name to obtain a credit card.

The investigation revealed that a person with the same name as the victim lived in Green Forest and had prior arrests under that name.

A CCSO investigator submitted the prior arrest information and fingerprints to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for possible identification through the Alien Registration database.

ICE confirmed that the individual was actually Gerardo Castillo-Pedraza, who has no legal status in the U.S.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for one count of financial identity fraud, a  class C felony, and six counts of non-financial identity fraud, a class D felony.

Castillo-Pedraza is in the Carroll County Detention Center and is being held without bond, and is on hold for ICE.


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