A woman in Wisconsin has recently been arrested and is facing criminal charges after allegedly using another’s identity to rack up an $8,000 hotel bill. White collar crimes such as identity theft are serious offenses that carry severe penalties if a conviction is obtained. Those who face similar accusations may feel somewhat intimidated and/or overwhelmed by the process, potentially spurring a need for assistance.
According to reports, a woman claims that she met the accused individual through a mutual acquaintance. Believing the other woman was also a cancer survivor, she asserts the two became friendly shortly after meeting. After a short period, she claims the woman began to express concerns about trouble at home, eventually leading to a request for help in obtaining a room at the hotel.
The woman asserts that she eventually agreed to use her credit card to pay for the room. After several months, authorities allegedly discovered the other individual had stolen the woman’s identity and accumulated over $8,000 in hotel bills via her credit card. They say she used a fake name when meeting the woman, along with false claims of ever having cancer. She was taken into custody and could face multiple charges in relation to the alleged incident, potentially including identity theft and fraud.
Those accused of white collar crimes of this nature might find it beneficial to seek guidance before responding to allegations in any way. By speaking with a defense attorney, a client in Wisconsin could obtain advice on making informed decisions throughout the process. An attorney can thoroughly examine the charges and evidence against a client and assist in forming a strong defense for use in court.
Source: wkow.com, “Madison woman battling cancer scammed out of $8,000,” Emily Friese, July 17, 2017