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St. Mary's man charged with stealing incarcerated brother's identity

Matt Zapotosky

A St. Mary’s County man was charged Tuesday with stealing the identity of his jailed brother to obtain credit cards, a cell phone, a Maryland driver’s license and even a car, authorities said Thursday.

Dennis A. Gingles, 43, of Lexington Park, was charged with three counts of applying for a credit card with false identification, unlawfully using the signature of another and fraud per identity information theft, police said.

Gingles even changed his hair color and style and purchased colored contacts to look more like his brother, who was already incarcerated, said Capt. Terry Black, commander of criminal investigations in the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.

Black declined to identify the jailed brother or say why he was incarcerated because he is a victim in the case. It seems clear, though, he never got to confront Gingles with a heartfelt, “Seriously, bro?”

Online court records show that Gingles posted bond and was released on the day of his arrest.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  January 22, 2010; 7:34 AM ET
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