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Updated: 04/25/2014 10:43:37PM

Identity crisis

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Authorities still were searching for the person who criminally used a Port Charlotte man’s credit card to make more than $200 in purchases just hours after the victim accidentally left his wallet at a local restaurant Jan. 30.

The crime is just one example of many of its kind in the area. In fact, the Punta Gorda Metropolitan Statistical Area — which includes the unincorporated areas of Charlotte County — ranked 11th nationally in per-capita ID theft complaints, and was 24th in the U.S. in per-capita fraud complaints in 2012, according to the most current metro-area data from the Federal Trade Commission.

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