LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two individuals in fraud cases after more than a year of investigating.
On July 15, 2011, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Unit received a report of a fraud in which a relative of a victim used the victim’s personal information to open credit card accounts. Between January 24, 2011 and March 14, 2011, 27-year-old Matthew Michael McAleer opened a Zales account and a Mastercard account using the name, social security number and date of birth of the victim. Before the victim knew about the accounts, McAleer charged over $5,000 on the Zales account and over $6,000 on the Mastercard. After a lengthy investigation, detectives were able to identify McAleer as the perpetrator. A warrant was issued for his arrest by the State Attorney’s Office. He was located and arrested for Fraud and Grand Theft.
On August 11, 2011, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of fraudulent credit card use in Bonita Springs. The victim discovered her wallet missing from her purse when she went to purchase lunch. As she began to retrace her steps, she received a call from her bank due to unusual charges on a credit card. On the day the wallet disappeared, the victim’s credit cards had been used at the Hess Mart in Bonita Springs, Best Buy at Coconut Point and Circle K in Bonita Springs.
Due to the nature of this incident, detectives with the Economic Crimes Unit assumed the investigation. Their investigation revealed 39-year-old Marisol E. Valencia was identified by store personnel as the person that used the credit cards at each of the locations. A warrant was issued by the State Attorney’s Office for her arrest. She was located and placed under arrest for Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and Petit Theft.