MADISON, Wis. -

An Elroy man was charged with fraud and identity theft Wednesday, according to a release.

Timothy D. Mueller, 45, of Elroy, was charged with eight counts of wire fraud and two counts of identity theft, according to the release.

Officials said he was the owner of businesses involved in sales of residential windows and doors, known as Advance Home Tech/Custom Creations and later as Windesign.

The indictment alleges that Mueller directed his sales representatives to have all customers fill out applications for financing and GE Money Bank would provide qualified customers with a GE Money Bank credit card.

Officials say Mueller falsely entered sales on the customers’ GE Money Bank credit cards and that GE Money Bank would then wire transfer the money associated with the sales to an account designated by Mueller.

The indictment also charges Mueller with two counts of identity theft, alleging that he used the identity of another person during the wire fraud offenses.

Mueller faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each wire fraud count, and two years on each identity theft count, which would be served consecutively to any other sentences, according to the release.