Michigan dentist facing fraud charges
Updated: Monday, 07 Mar 2011, 8:30 AM EST
Published : Sunday, 06 Mar 2011, 6:00 PM EST
Ludwig had $250 in his wallet when he used Majeed's credit card to buy $40 worth of pizzas.
DAVENPORT - A Michigan dentist is in trouble with the law after he allegedly made purchases with a credit card that wasn't his.
According to a Polk County Sheriff's Office report, Richard Lewis Ludwig was arrested Saturday night on four fraud-related charges.
Investigators say the victim in the case, 32-year-old Harrun Majeed of Davenport, made a purchase at a Publix in Davenport at approximately 7:30 p.m.
As he walked back to his vehicle, Majeed unknowingly dropped his Naval Federal Credit Union Visa card. When he returned home and realized he didn't have the credit card, he immediately contacted his financial institution to deactivate the card.
While he was on the phone, a company representative told him a purchase had just been made at a pizza parlor in the same shopping center as the Publix where Majeed lost the card.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office was notified and a deputy was dispatched to the restaurant where they found Ludwig waiting for the pizzas he had ordered. The Haslett, Michigan dentist was placed under arrest.
After Ludwig was read his rights, he allegedly admitted finding Majeed's credit card in the Publix parking lot. He also said he then walked over to the eatery and ordered two large pizzas totaling $40.64, which he put on Majeed's credit card.
At the time of his arrest, Ludwig had $250 in cash in his wallet.
Detectives questioned the suspect, who claimed to be a successful dentist with a practice worth between $3- and $4-million. Detectives asked Ludwig if he was having any financial problems that might have caused him to act in such a way, he laughed and said, 'absolutely not.'
Majeed, a 14-year Navy Veteran currently pursuing a college degree, told investigators that he and his family are living 'paycheck to paycheck.'
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd was appalled by Ludwig's actions.
"I've been in law enforcement for a long time, but this one takes the cake," Judd said of the crime. "This is the epitome of arrogance. Dr. Ludwig appears to be an intelligent, successful person who could have bought pizza for everyone in Davenport, but instead, he risked his career to steal from a military veteran."
The suspect told deputies that he was in town because his son was playing in a baseball tournament in Winter Haven.
Ludwig is facing one count of attempting to use the identification of another person without consent, one count of uttering a false instrument, one count of forgery and one count of credit card fraud.
He was released from the Polk County Jail after posting a bond of $3,500.
"He was pretty arrogant about it at the time. He told police when they asked him, why would you use this card? He was like, 'what I am supposed to do with it?'"Source
Asshole of the week.