Montco business owners nabbed in $124K ID theft case

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Authorities are looking for Eric Martin (left) and Portia Martin in a $124,000 identity-theft case. (Photos from Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office)

Authorities say the owners of a Montgomery County business have been taken into custody for their alleged roles in a $124,000 identity-theft scam.

The Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office said 33-year-old Eric Martin and 29-year-old Portia Martin were apprehended on Tuesday, after law enforcement distributed their photos and sought information about the pair's whereabouts.

The owners of Centra Spark, a Fort Washington-based heating, ventilation and air-conditioning company, they are accused of applying for fraudulent loans in the names of at least eight people.

Prosecutors say the fake loans, obtained through Synchrony Financial, which provides loans for home improvement projects, were to finance purported HVAC services.

The victims were mostly senior citizens, prosecutors said, and never used Centra Spike or applied for loans for HVAC projects.

The two are accused of stealing a total of $124,981 through the phony loans.

They were being held at the Montgomery County Prison on $75,000 bail each. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Aug. 11.

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