Man charged with ID theft after agents raid Trump Tower home

Tribune reporter

A man who told police he was an auto exporter has been charged with identity theft after authorities found eight phony credit and gift cards at his Trump Tower home, officials said.

Federal agents executed a search warrant at the residence of Dimitar Vangelov, 27, Monday morning and found the credit and gift cards bearing his name but coded with someone else’s account information, police said. Vangelov told police he is an auto exporter. Officials have evidence that Vangelov has more than 300 other cards, said Maura Possley, a spokeswoman for the Illinois attorney general's office, which is prosecuting the case.

In a bond hearing today in Cook County Criminal Court, Vangelov was ordered held in lieu of $25,000 cash bond, Possley said. Vangelov, a foreign national, was also ordered to surrender his passport.

Vangelov was charged with felony identity theft, police said. The case was being investigated by the Chicago Police’s Financial Crimes Unit and theU.S. Secret Service, who served a warrant on Vangelov's apartment on Monday.

Prosecutors offered no details about who the victim of the identity theft might be, or how Vangelov may have stolen the person's identity. The investigation is ongoing, Possley said.

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