Authorities are searching for a man whose arrest under a stolen identity caused an innocent man to be booked into jail.
Rodney Guy Washington II, 33, used the birthday, social security number and name of Kevin Hosey to obtain a valid Louisiana driver’s license, creating a trail of documentation in that name that would later be used to fool prison and court authorities, according to an East Baton Rouge sheriff’s report.
Washington was first captured by authorities in 2013 after he conducted unspecified “fraudulent practices” with Capital One Bank while posing as Hosey, the document said.
Washington was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison as Hosey and in 2014 pleaded guilty in front of 19th Judicial District Court Judge Richard Anderson, claiming in open court his birthday and name was that of Kevin Hosey, according to the report.
He was given a deferred sentence and was told to sign up for probation, but failed to do so, the document said.
On Nov. 9, the mother of the legitimate Kevin Hosey told authorities her son was being held in an Atlanta jail on a bench warrant from Anderson issued after Washington, pretending to be Hosey, shirked probation. The real Hosey had never been arrested in Baton Rouge, the mother said, according to the report. A photo of the legitimate Hosey showed it was not the same person who committed fraud against Capital One.
Authorities obtained fingerprints of the man who was booked into the East Baton Rouge Prison as Hosey and linked those prints to Washington, the report said.
Washington’s last known address is 2312 Deerlick Lane in Harvey. Anyone with information about his whereabouts may contact Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP.