LOWELL -- A Lowell man who posed as a soldier and a federal official, and stole from an Oklahoma City hospital, is now accused of fraudulently spending $7,500 on his grandmother's credit cards.
Julion Lima, 22, pleaded not guilty to identity fraud (three counts), larceny of a credit card, and larceny over $250, in Lowell District Court on Friday. He was ordered held on $500 cash bail. His next court date is June 27.
The new accusation was made after the elder abuse unit of Merrimack Valley Elder Services probed Lima's alleged use of his grandmother's credit card.
Defense attorney Robin Gagne asked that Lima be released on $150 cash bail or personal recognizance noting that her client was discharged from the U.S. Army due to mental-health issues. She said Lima can go to a veterans' shelter to receive treatment for his issues. Published reports state that Lima was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Prosecutor Christine Maltby asked for $5,000 cash bail, noting Lima's history.
Among those past incidents:
* As far back as 2010, Lowell police indicated that Lima has posed as a U.S. Marine captain and a Navy Seal cadet, according to published reports.
* In 2011, Lima posed as an NSA agent at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, stealing credit cards, keys and checks. Investigators say Lima tried to cash one stolen check for $1,800 at a credit union. He pleaded guilty to forgery. Records from the Oklahoma County District Court show Lima was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.
* In January 2012, Lima claimed to be a sergeant in the U.S. Army, and volunteered to help maintenance staff at Lowell Catholic High School. Students discovered his out-of-state record, and he was released by school officials.
* In April 2012, Lima allegedly walked into the Nashua, N.H., police station claiming to be a federal agent, dressed in a uniform and wearing a holster with what turned out to be a fake gun. He said he was an agent with the U.S. Department of Defense Counterterrorism Task Force, according to published reports. He indicated he wanted to initiate a professional relationship with the Nashua department, reports state. He was charged with impersonation. The outcome of that case is unknown.
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