Suspect sought for taking thousands using fake ID

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man accused of faking identities and withdrawing thousands from bank accounts that aren't his.

It's like the movie "Catch Me If You Can." There's a man investigators say is defrauding financial institutions, he's wanted in several states and he's currently on the run in Charleston County.

"Last information we got was that he was here in the Lowcountry. We are concerned that he may be victimizing other people here, so we want to get our hands on this guy as quick as we can," said Maj. John Clark of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office says 41-year-old Demond Copeland stole a man's name and birth date to create a fake drivers license. Next they say he was taking money that wasn't his.

Deputies say Copeland went to the Suntrust on Bees Ferry Road and grabbed a withdrawal ticket filling it out with someone else's name. The sheriffs office says Copeland gathered most of his information online and just another reason to watch closely what you post on the internet.

"One of the things that we're stressing to the community is to be careful how you go about posting information on particular websites like Facebook and Craigslist,"says Maj. Clark."These are legitimate websites that these criminals have a way of getting into, hacking and stealing peoples identity."