Man arrested on charge of felony identity deception

A traffic stop Tuesday afternoon on Seymour’s far north side led to the arrest of a man on charges of identity deception and possession of counterfeit government identification, police report.

Roni Alfredo Morales-Duarte, 23, of Seymour was arrested after a traffic stop made about 4:26 p.m. on State Road 11 by Reserve Officer Scott Davis with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Davis said during his traffic stop on a Nissan passenger car, he found the color of the car did not match the color reported on the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ license plate information.

As the investigation continued, Davis said he also found the driver of car, identified as Morales-Duarte, had a Honduran identification card and no driver’s license. That led to his arrest for operating a motor vehicle while having never received a driver’s license, a Class C misdemeanor.

Davis said he also found Morales-Duarte had a Social Security card with his name on it, but it did not have the Social Security Administration’s security features, such as microprinting on the card.

The Social Security number on the card would have been issued to someone who was born in Indiana. Davis, however, said he found Morale-Duarte’s Honduran birth certificate during the investigation, and it showed he had been born in Honduras in 1993, not in Indiana.

Those discoveries led to Morales-Duarte being charged with possession of a counterfeit government ID, a Class A misdemeanor, and identity deception, a Level 6 felony, Davis said.

A records check showed Morales-Duarte had been arrested and deported twice in 2014 for violation of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act, Davis said.

Morales-Duarte continued to be held Thursday morning without bond in the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.