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Identity theft is charged against Hastings man
Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

Hastings Police have charged Michael David Swanson, 43, Hastings, with one count of felony identity theft for allegedly stealing a credit card and using it as his own at different businesses in Hastings.

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According to the criminal complaint, a Hastings woman contacted police in January and reported that she and her husband had accidentally left their credit card at a restaurant in Hastings. Subsequently, she noticed unauthorized charges on the billing statement. A week later, Prairie Island Police told Hastings Police that they had arrested Swanson, who had the woman's credit card in his possession.

The woman provided a list of 25 unauthorized charges on the credit card totaling more than $1,300. Most occurred in Hastings.

Police interviewed Swanson March 17. He admitted to using the credit card at different locations throughout Hastings on at least 19 occasions. The officer obtained surveillance from at least three different locations for nine of the transactions. The surveillance video showed Swanson using the credit card.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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