Richmond Man Again Faces Fraud Charges

June 1, 2010

A Richmond man serving three years on home confinement for bank fraud is due in federal court on new charges.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Tuesday for Charles L. O'Brien, who is accused of trying to obtain a loan for a Mercedes Benz in his ex-wife's name without her knowledge or consent.

Authorities say O'Brien used his ex-wife's name and Social Security number to apply for car loans online from home, where he has been on electronic monitoring since 2008 for stealing $450,000 from his former employer, Sun Trust Bank.

U.S. District Payne sentenced O'Brien to home confinement because he was concerned the man would not get proper treatment in prison for his bipolar disorder and a brain injury.

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