RICHARDSON, Texas -- An accused identity thief picked the wrong guy when she used KDFW Consumer Reporter Steve Noviello's account to check into a hotel room.
Farah Parks is accused of stealing Noviello's credit card information and the reporter recently confronted her.
Noviello, a former WGHP reporter, got a notice that someone was trying to use his card at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ricardson, Texas, thanks to a fraud alert.
The chance to track the suspect down prompted Noviello to investigate.
Novello called the hotel and explained the situation. He asked if anyone had used his name to check into a room. When the hotel said no, he asked them to run his credit card against any recent payments.
The hotel said Parks had checked into room 239 using his credit card number.
Novello called the police and notified them, then headed to the hotel himself to confront her.
Armed with his iPhone and the knowledge of Parks' room number, he was there to confront her when police made the arrest.
Parks declined a jailhouse interview but said as she was being taken away by police, “I've just made some bad choices in my life. I’m aware of that and I apologize.”
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