Maricopa County man arrested for identity theft and loan fraud

The suspect reportedly admitted to authorities that he made just under $500,000 in fraudulent loans.

MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz. — A Maricopa County man has been arrested and is charged with forgery and fraudulent schemes after he stole people’s identities and applied for loans on their behalf, county court documents show.

The man, identified as Kolby Benston, 21, stole the identities of four victims and applied for Small Business Association (SBA) and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans from fake businesses using their information.

Benston sent multiple messages on Facebook Messenger about how he impersonates anyone “stupid enough” to give them to him, according to court documents. Benston’s Snapchat account also had the identities of around 100 people from multiple states.

Identity information would have included driver’s licenses, social security cards, addresses and banking information.

Authorities arrested Benston on Tuesday, where he allegedly admitted to authorities that he made just under $500,000 in fraudulent loans.

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