Woman targets elderly for check fraud, identity theft

Pierce County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify a woman using a stolen identity belonging to an 86-year-old woman suffering from dementia.
“In this particular case, somebody in the family recognized what was going on, which is a good thing, especially if you have parents that are suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. You want to watch what’s going on because they can easily be taken advantage of,” said Det. Ed Troyer.
Deputies say the suspect used fake checks to purchase numerous items at Coastal Farm and Ranch store in Auburn including a plaid shirt, jeans and red suspenders. Investigators say she may have a pet because she could also be seen on video buying food and shampoo.
“Whenever we see the vulnerable, especially the elderly become victims, it really upsets us, because they’re going after a soft target,” said Det. Troyer.
If you know the suspect’s name or have any information that can help detectives locate her, call Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County anonymously at 1 (800) 222-TIPS. There is a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to her arrest. This is one of the cases being featured this weekend on “Washington’s Most Wanted” airing Friday at 11 p.m. on Q13 FOX, Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. on JOEtv and 10:30 p.m. on Q13 FOX.


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