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DECATUR — Police said a 41-year-old man racked up over $5,000 in utility bills after he used another man's identity to open seven different Ameren Illinois accounts. 

A signed affidavit said that the victim filed an identity theft complaint with Decatur police on July 14. He learned that someone had used his personal information to open the Ameren accounts at seven different addresses from June 2017 to December 2017, the affidavit said. 

Ameren sent officers a breakdown of each account and their associated phone recordings, and a detective was able to tell that the same man called the company and set up the accounts in the victim's name. 

The affidavit said that on Oct. 21, a woman who knew the arrested man was able to identify him from the phone calls. She was also able to identify him in a photo lineup. 

The man faces seven preliminary charges of identity theft, which are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. He was being held in the Macon County Jail on Friday and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 4. 

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Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR

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Public Safety Reporter

Public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.

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