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On Thursday, February 29 the Jasper Police Department was notified of possible identity theft in the area. After a quick investigation, it was determined that Celso Arnoldo Batz Pichiya, a 48-year-old male from Jasper, had used someone’s personal information and falsely impersonated them while trying to gain employment.


Pichiya was arrested without incident around 11:50 AM on Thursday and transported to the Dubois County Security Center.

Pichiya is facing the following charges:

  • Identity Deception (Level 6 Felony)
  • Possession of Counterfeit Government ID (Class A Misdemeanor)

It is important to note that these are only charges and NOT convictions. All parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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