MOST WANTED: Paul Wayne Coots

By: By: Mike Waterhouse
By: By: Mike Waterhouse

He's accused of stealing someone's identity to avoid trouble with the law. The victim: his own brother, who doesn't even live in West Virginia. Police need your help to put the right man behind bars.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department has named Paul Wayne Coots one of Charleston's Most Wanted. He's accused of not showing up for court to face charges of forging a public document. Deputies pulled coots over on a traffic stop in South Charleston back in 2004.

They say he gave them his brother's name, John Coots, and even signed his brother's name. Turns out John Coots lives in Texas and was nowhere near West Virginia at the time of the traffic stop.

Deputies say Paul Coots even went to court and pleaded guilty on behalf of his brother, claiming that his brother lived out of state and couldn't make it to court. John Coots told police he didn't authorize his brother to do anything.

"It is very low to use the identity of someone else, but it's an all time low to use the identity of a family member, and involve them in a crime when they weren't even in the state when it occurred," said Lt. Sean Crosier with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.

Paul Wayne Coots is 68 years old. His last known address is on First Street in St. Albans. Call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department at (304) 357-0169 if you have any information about him.


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