Woman allegedly steals identity to secure $18K in student loans

LEHIGH TWP., Pa. – A Lehigh County woman is facing forgery and theft charges after allegedly using her step-father’s identity to apply for more than $18,000 in student loans.

Pennsylvania State Police with the Fogelsville barracks received a complaint from the victim that he’d been listed as a cosigner on a series of student loans in 2014 for which he never applied.

He told police that he only became aware of the loans when his step-daughter, Elaina M. Daubert called one day to find out when he’d be home, a call he found unusual, according to court records. He also found it strange that an enormous pile of mail was awaiting him at home.

Inside the stack of mail was a letter from Fed Loan Servicing that list him as the cosigner for $18,260 in student loans.

Wondering why he hadn’t been receiving any mail, the post office informed him that a mail hold had been ordered online. The contact number associated with the request was for Daubert, according to court records.

State police in February 2015 received loan documentation from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency that indicated the IP address used to apply for the loans allegedly belonged to Daubert, of Lehigh Drive in Lehigh Township. Officials said her original loans had been refunded and that she applied for new loans using her step-father’s information, according to court records.

It’s not clear from court records whether she intended to use the student loans for college.

Police charged her with single felony counts of theft by deception, forgery and identity theft. District Judge Michael Pochron arraigned the 45-year-old Tuesday night. She was released on $25,000 unsecured bail ahead of a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Nov. 1.


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