Nicholasville man charged with ID theft, fraudulent purchases

Published 1:54 pm Wednesday, October 7, 2020

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Lexington and state police have charged a Jessamine County man with a number of charges after he allegedly purchased high-end cars and luxury apartments using stolen identities.

Kenneth Mobley, 39, was arrested Sept. 3 at his apartment in Nicholasville, according to Lexington Police.

Mobley allegedly used stolen identities and personal information to purchase five vehicles worth a total of $305,000, including two Dodge Charger Hellcats and two Maserati coupes in September.

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He also used the stolen information to rent apartments in Lexington, Nicholasville and Clearwater, Florida, according to Lexington Police.

Mobley was also charged in March with using an Oregon man’s identity to rent an apartment and purchase a BMW convertible. He was arrested on warrants in Tampa, Florida.

In September, police learned Mobley may be back in Lexington and found evidence connected to him at several locations, including an abandoned Dodge Charger Hellcat on Chestnut Street.

Kentucky State Police detectives arrested Mobley at his apartment in Nicholasville on Sept. 3. While searching the apartments, they found two handguns, blank credit cards, false driver’s licenses from New Jersey and California, heroin, methamphetamine and a credit card re-embossing machine.

Mobley was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument (two counts), receiving goods by fraud over $10,000 and theft of identity without consent.

Charges are pending in Fayette District Court.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email or call 859-759-0051.

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