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2 charged with stealing checks from elderly victim

August 29, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lee County Sheriff's Office officials say that two arrests have been made in regards to a grand theft of an elderly woman living in an area nursing home. The two people arrested are residents of Lehigh Acres.

Officials said that on Monday, June 20, the Lee County Sheriff Office received information of a grand theft to an elderly victim living in a nursing home.

The victim reported that she notice several discrepancies to her bank and trust fund account.

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Omar Anderson

Upon further inquiries sheriff's detectives said the victim discovered having several blank checks taken from a checkbook from within her room.

The Economic Crimes Unit was assigned to investigate.

According to a spokesman with the LCSO, the crime spree began in February and ran through June with a total of 13 checks stolen and used by the thieves to pay for several of their personal bills, including rent, car payments and loans.

In total the victim was defrauded out of $9,540, detectives said.

The investigation revealed the visiting care taker brought her child's father to the victim where he assisted with some work inside the room. The child's father, Omar Anderson, 31, whose last known address is 111 Homer Ave. S., is accused of taking the checks.

With the assistance from the care taker's mother, Juanita Cash, 48, of 2500 Elva Place, the checks were fraudulently written, uttered and cashed by Anderson and Cash, officials reported.

Anderson and Cash were charged with fraud and grand theft charges and booked into the Lee County Jail, where they later posted bond and were released.



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