A Houston man was arrested in Bryan on Friday, accused of stealing a Waller man’s identity and using it in an attempt to take money from a Pentecostal church.

According to police reports, at 2:15 p.m. Friday, a Bryan police officer was dispatched to Compass Bank on Briarcrest Drive for a suspected fraud case. Staff at the bank had become concerned when a man, later identified as Houston resident Christopher Jordan Elliott, 27, attempted to make an $8,800 withdrawal from the bank account belonging to the Waller United Pentecostal Church. Elliott identified himself as a man whose name is attached to the church’s account. However, the teller processing the request noticed Elliott’s signature did not match the church member’s signature.

Additionally, the bank’s manager, who personally knows the church member in charge of the account, immediately said that Elliott was not the named individual. Police on scene examined the driver’s license Elliott presented and noticed details that indicated it might be illegitimate. Elliott had successfully gained access to this victim’s name, credit card information, driver’s license and Social Security number. However, Elliott failed to recite the victim’s home address correctly and eventually admitted his true identity, police said.

Elliott was arrested and charged with forgery of a financial instrument, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail, and fraudulent possession of identifying information, also a state jail felony. Bond is set at $10,000.

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