LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Deputies arrested an employee of a gated community for allegedly stealing the identity of one of the community's elderly residents.
On Monday, July 30, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office completed an identity theft report on a victim over 65 years old.
The 79-year-old victim had been notified by Chase Bank that an unknown person fraudulently applied for a pre-approved Chase Visa Platinum credit card in her name and that it had been used to withdraw $503 at the Wells Fargo Bank ATM, on July 5. The victim provided copies of the documents she had received from JP Morgan Chase Bank.
A detective met with the victim at her residence. The victim stated she did not have any idea who could have done this to her. The detective then obtained documents from JP Morgan Chase Bank where he discovered the address used on the new account was 1398 S. Brandywine Circle. This is the address of the Brandywine Community Office, which is the gated community where the victim resides.
Photos obtained from the Wells Fargo Bank ATM revealed a female with a medium build with medium length brown hair. One of the photos revealed the female getting into a dark colored convertible believed to be a Chrysler Sebring.
On September 26, the detective went to the Brandywine Community Office and observed a dark green colored Chrysler Sebring convertible parked in the parking lot next to the office. He then entered the office and met with 38-year-old Patricia Olivares. He immediately recognized Olivares as being the same female captured in the still photos of the fraudulent transaction from the Wells Fargo ATM.
During the course of the investigation, Olivares told the detective she had applied for the card and was the person in the ATM photos. She also told him she had withdrawn the $503 from the ATM.
On September 26, Olivares was placed under arrest and charged with Grand Theft From A Person Over 65 Years Old, Criminal Use of Personal Identification and Credit Card Fraud.