Fort Myers woman arrested for defrauding elderly woman
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Lee County detectives arrested a 38-year-old woman for defrauding an elderly woman by applying for a credit card in her name.
The 79-year-old victim contacted LCSO at the end of July when Chase Bank notified her that an unknown person fraudulently applied for a pre-approved Chase Visa Platinum credit card in her name. That same person then used the card to withdraw $503 from a Wells Fargo Bank ATM.
Detectives checked the address on the fraudulent account and realized it was the community office address for the gated community in which the victim lived.
Photos obtained from the ATM revealed a female with a medium build with medium length brown hair driving a dark colored convertible made the withdrawal.
On Tuesday 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 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 She also told him she had withdrawn the $503.00 from the ATM.
Olivares was arrested and charged with Grand Theft From A Person Over 65 Years Old, Criminal Use of Personal Identification and Credit Card Fraud.