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Westernville Man Arrested for Identity Theft

Jonathan Bronson // Image Courtesy New Hartford Police

New Hartford, NY (WIBX) – After a 3-month investigation, New Hartford Police have arrested a Westernville man for Identity Theft.

Investigators believe this past September, 36-year old Jonathan Bronson bought a John Deere tractor from Cazenovia Equipment on credit, the only problem – the “credit”  belonged to someone else. It’s alleged Bronson used another person’s personal information to secure the tractor.

Police tell WIBX that the John Deere tractor, along with parts, totaled more than $7,500 and were purchased under a business called Little Billy’s Service.  

The Investigating Officer also says the “line of credit” that the John Deere Tractor was purchased under reflected the identity theft victim as the payee.

A man claiming to be Mr. Bronson called the WIBX newsroom to say that his arrest is “a big misunderstanding”.  When questioned about details surrounding his arraignment, the man said he couldn’t “speak any more about the charges”, and that he would have his attorney call the newsroom for clarification.

New Hartford Police say Bronson was arraigned in the Town of New Hartford Court on a single count of Identity Theft in the 1st degree, a class D Felony.  A felony hearing is scheduled next week.

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