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Florida man charged with stealing IDs of Backstreet Boy, pro athletes

July 31, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Florida man charged with stealing IDs of Backstreet Boy, pro athletes

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Florida man Michael Watters charged with stealing IDs of Backstreet Boy, pro athletes

A man in Florida was busted for identity theft after writing a slew of fake checks using the names of area attorneys, pro athletes — and even a member of the Backstreet Boys.

After a three year investigation, investigators finally caught up with Michael Watters on Sunday, hitting him with 22 counts of fraud for using the ID of another person without consent.

The 48-year-old fraudster wrote and cashed fake checks from a chain of famous people including Backstreet Boys member Howard Dorough and retired MLB players Johnny Damon, Barry Larkin, Jonathan Papelbon and Sterling Hitchcock.

Other identity theft victims of the man’s check plot include pro tennis player Jennifer Maria, former NFL players Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas, Matt Birk, former Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, and former Orlando Magic coach Scott Skiles.

Watters also used the identities of Florida attorneys Randal Thomas and John Morgan of the firm Morgan & Morgan.

“This is another case of identity theft, and no one is immune,” Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent Danny Banks said in an interview with WFTV.

Detectives said that Watters used the checks at several stores to pay for thousands of dollars in items – and then he’d return the goods for cash. Police said he pulled off the plot partly for the “thrill” of it, according to WFTV.

Michael Watters, who has a long history of fraudulent-related charges, managed to write the bogus checks because he had drivers’ license numbers and birth dates.

The probe into the matter was launched roughly three years ago when Watters’ girlfriend was busted by police doing drugs in a vehicle parked in a Home Depot parking lot in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

The suspect who was in the car at the time, provided officers with a fake name and a wallet was discovered with six different driver licenses, all with his photo.

Watters was in custody at the Seminole County Jail on a $220,000 bond.

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