Zahra Baker's Father Arrested, Charged With ID Theft

7:43 PM, Apr 12, 2011   |    comments
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Hickory, NC-- The father of 10-year-old Zahra Baker, who was killed and dismembered last fall, was arrested by police in Hickory on Tuesday and faces felony charges.

Police said the charges are not related to Zahra's death. 

According to police, Adam Baker was arrested and charged with one count of identity theft and one count of obtaining property by false pretense.

Police said both charges are felonies.

Investigators told WBTV that the charges were filed on Tuesday are related to obtaining services from Duke Energy.

WBTV learned that Baker was charged by police after getting power to his home in Hickory under false pretenses. His wife, Elisa, is facing similar charges in Caldwell County from when the couple lived there.

On Monday, WBTV learned that Baker was seeking to leave the United States and head back to his home country of Australia.

A meeting between police, the district attorney and Adam Baker's attorney was scheduled for Tuesday to see if Baker can get his passport back for an eventual return to Australia. WBTV has learned that the meeting has been put on hold for now.

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Shell Pierce, the attorney for Adam Baker in Caldwell County, told the station, that as soon as the matters are resolved and his client gets permission, Adam Baker will go home to Australia.

If needed, Pierce said Adam Baker could return to the United States. However, before that happens, any charges against Baker will need to be resolved.

Adam Baker is being held on a $10,000 secured bond on the new charges and is expected in Newton District Court on Wednesday.  


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