Highland man reportedly stole, used deceased woman's financial info
A Highland man with a history of identity theft was arrested Wednesday by the Lone Peak Police Department on reports of stealing a deceased woman’s financial information and making countless fraudulent purchases on her accounts.
Police received reports from the Phoenix Police Department on June 5 of a fraud investigation. A woman in Phoenix passed away in February 2016 and the woman’s son found out that a family friend, David Allphin, somehow obtained the woman’s financial information and had been using it for more than a year, reports state.
Allphin, 47, reportedly obtained information from at least five credit cards and bank accounts and made more than $50,000 in purchases across several states.
Allphin also opened accounts in the deceased woman’s name after her passing, reports state.
Allphin reportedly made many of the fraudulent purchases in Utah County — in Lindon, Orem, Highland, Lehi and other cities.
Allphin reportedly transferred money from one of the woman’s bank accounts to his own account by the thousands.
Allphin was contacted Wednesday at his home in Highland. Allphin requested an attorney be present, so he was not questioned before he was taken into custody.
Allphin was booked into Utah County Jail on suspicion of five third-degree felonies of unlawful acquisition of a financial card, one third-degree felony of identity fraud, and five charges of transaction charge offenses, three being third-degree felonies and two being class A misdemeanors.
Last year, Allphin was charged with similar identity fraud and felony theft charges in three separate cases. A warrant in his name was recalled after his arrest Wednesday.
He is being held on a $50,000 bondable bail.
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