CROWN POINT — A 51-year-old man is accused of using his ex-girlfriend's credit card to fraudulently pay for an attorney and court-ordered electronic monitoring, among other expenses.

Robert Guadagnino was charged Friday in Lake Criminal Court with 12 counts of felony fraud, two counts of felony theft and 10 counts of misdemeanor theft.

Guadagnino, who is wanted by police on a warrant, also uses the names Robert Guadanino and Robert Giordano, according to court records.

Police allege Guadagnino used his ex-girlfriend's credit card to purchase thousands of dollars worth of goods and services in Lake County, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Guadagnino allegedly used the credit card to pay an unspecified amount to ICU Monitoring, Inc. so he could remain on court-ordered monitoring pending the adjudication of another theft case in Lake County from January 2016.

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Police allege Guadagnino also used the credit card to hire a private attorney to represent him in that criminal matter.

Guadagnino also allegedly used the credit card to pay for car repairs and leather goods at businesses in Merrillville and Schererville, but then disputed the transactions, which caused the payments to be stopped, according to the affidavit.

The ex-girlfriend told police Guadagnino claimed he was a former veteran who served in special forces during eight tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to the affidavit. A business owner said Guadagnino told him a similar story about his military experiences. 

A military recruiter told police Guadagnino had never served in the military, the affidavit states.

Guadagnino's bond is set at $20,000.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.