Champaign man accused of using neighbor's debit card for months

Champaign man accused of using neighbor's debit card for months

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly used a neighbor's debit card without her permission for three months has been charged with aggravated identity theft.

The charge against Jeffrey Cox, 35, who listed an address in the 4800 block of West Windsor Road, is a more serious felony because his alleged victim is over 60. Cox was arrested Friday by Champaign police.

Assistant State's Attorney Tim Sullivan said a female neighbor of Cox noticed last week that her debit card was missing. She believed that because she previously gave him rides, he may have learned the personal identification number for her card.

An examination of her bank account turned up 52 transactions for a total of $1,440 made between April 3 and Friday that she had not authorized for such services as Uber, a cellphone company and cellphone apps.

Sullivan said Champaign police interviewed Cox, who admitted using the card for some of the transactions. However, he claimed he had her permission.

Cox remained jailed on Tuesday in lieu of $5,000 bond and was told to be back in court July 31 for a probable-cause hearing.

If convicted of identity theft, he faces penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prsion.

Sullivan said Cox had prior convictions for burglary, theft, driving under revocation and aggravated driving under the influence.

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