A Norwalk man has been charged with insurance fraud and identity fraud felonies in connection with trying to pass off his friend, who was wanted on unrelated warrants, as himself.
The injured 33-year-old friend didn't feel comfortable with the situation in which Robert A. Strader, 52, of 23 Newton St., Apt. D8, offered to have him use his identification, Norwalk Assistant Law Director T. Douglas Clifford said.
The pair were at Fisher-Titus Medical Center during the incident Saturday in which Strader reportedly was talking to the receptionist on behalf of the other man who remained quiet.
"There was about a 20-year difference," Clifford said, adding that it seemed officials could have discerned the discrepancy.
The friend, Ricky D. Maye, 33, of 2373 Alpha Road, Greenwich, later was served with two warrants and charged with one count each of grand theft of an automobile and passing bad checks.
Maye had been acting strangely after sustaining a head injury and didn't want to go the hospital because he didn't have money for treatment or any insurance, Clifford explained. The officer's report indicates Maye was sent back to the hospital for treatment of the head injury after being served the warrants.
Both suspects currently are in custody at the Huron County Jail.