Port Matilda man found not guilty in identity theft case

A Port Matilda man has been acquitted of all charges in an identity theft case.

A Centre County jury returned not-guilty verdicts at the Aug. 1 trial of Jeffrey Riser, 49, after deliberating for almost 2 1/2 hours. He’d been charged with two counts each of identity theft and theft by deception and one count of theft by unlawful taking.

Authorities had accused Riser of using his landlady’s personal information to buy a TV and antennae from Fingerhut worth $454 and $608 in cable charges through Comcast from as far back as 2010.

At trial, Riser maintain that he had his landlady’s consent to use her accounts.

Riser was also accused of taking a washer, a dryer and other items valued at $1,300 belonging to the landlady in the property Riser had rented.

Public defender Deborah Lux was Riser’s attorney.

District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said she accepts the jury’s verdict.