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Saturday, January 25, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Former Daiquiri Factory owner under investigation for identity theft

Former Daiquiri Factory owner Jamie Pendleton is facing legal trouble again, this time for possibly stealing his daughter’s identity by using her name to apply for a liquor license without her consent.

Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Teresa Fuller said investigators have filed a search warrant for documents from the Liquor Control Board and various credit reporting agencies. Pendleton’s 23-year-old daughter has the same first name but a different middle initial.

The possible identity theft came to light when his daughter attempted to obtain a copy of her credit report but couldn’t access it because she couldn’t correctly answer identifying questions, Fuller said.

“This is a common indicator that someone has used a young person’s credit,” she said. “She has had a hard time proving who she is to the people who can provide her with those documents.”

Her name appears on the state and local business licenses for Pendleton Enterprises LLC, which owns the Daiquiri Factory at 121 N. Wall St. It is also on the liquor license application submitted to the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board in June. Pendleton’s name is missing from the documents, which lists the other owners as his mother and a woman in Post Falls.

In May Pendleton pleaded guilty to felony theft in Idaho. Under Washington law, convicted felons are not allowed to hold a liquor license.

Fuller said she’s also been told that the Spokane hearing examiner notified Pendleton Tuesday that he was denying Pendleton’s request for an entertainment facility license, which is required for any restaurant or bar offering music or other entertainment.

Pendleton received a citation in June for operating without an entertainment facility license after police reported hearing loud music emanating from the business. He filed an ethics complaint against the city employee who signed the citation, alleging “acts or moral turpitude or dishonesty.”

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