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Identity theft is charged against Hastings man

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.

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.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings 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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