Drug busts leads to case of 20-year long identity theft

From KXXV-TV Channel 25 (7/1/09)

WACO- A string of drug busts throughout central Texas leads police to a man they say has taken on a Waco man’s identity for at least 20 years.

The Texas Department of Public Safety tells News Channel 25, 30 years ago, a man named David Ray Curlee thought he was wanted on a drug charge, so he assumed another man’s identity.

June 24th, a man known as Charles Leo Fields, Junior was wanted for questioning in regards a series of drug busts in central Texas.

The D.P.S. then released a statement saying they believed Fields stole someone’s identity and were asking for the public’s help identifying him. It turns out, the public did their job by notifying D.P.S. Field’s real name is David Ray Curlee. Authorities say Curlee stole Field’s identity for twenty or more years and has been using it ever since.

The real Charles Fields is still alive in the Waco area.

In order to find the fugitive, David Ray Curlee, D.P.S seized his bank accounts.

Wednesday morning, Curlee turned himself in to the U.S. Marshal’s office in Waco. He’s being charged with a federal charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. His bond has not been set, pending an upcoming hearing.

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