SHREVEPORT, La. - Don't pretend to be someone you're not. That's a lesson a Shreveport man is learning the hard way after being arrested on 20 counts of identity theft.
Cody Wayne Lyell, 30, was arrested by Caddo-Shreveport Financial Crime Detective Mike King after an investigation determined Lyell stole over $4,000.00 using victims' identities, debit and credit cards.
A press release by the sheriff's office says Lyell admitted he took photographs of customer’s cards while he worked at a McDonald’s on North Market Street for about three years.
Authorities say he also admitted he used one of the victim’s identities to open a bank account and forge a check in the attempt to defraud the bank.
During the investigation, some victims were able to be contacted and several victims identified Lyell as the McDonald’s employee who served them during their visit.
Lyell was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center for bank fraud and twenty counts of identity thefts. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at the time of booking.