GRAND ISLAND WOMAN DEFRAUDS HER GRANDMOTHER OUT OF $25,000.00
Sheriff Timothy Howard is announcing the recent arrest of a 20 year old Grand Island woman on charges of Identity Theft in the First Degree (P.L. 190.80-1, E Felony) and Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree (P.L. 155.30-1, E Felony) for using her grandmother’s personal information to defraud her out of nearly $25,000.00.
On September 28th, 2012, a resident of East River Rd. on Grand Island, reported to Deputy Angela Kopacz of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office that she had learned her 20 year old granddaughter, Kali Zelakiewicz, also of East River Rd., Grand Island, had opened two credit cards using her name and personal information without her knowledge or permission and used them to run up bills approaching $25,000.00.
After questioning by Detective Brian O’Hara, Zelakiewicz admitted using her grandmother’s information to open two credit cards in her name and use them to pay off some of her bills and purchase miscellaneous items, including putting a $6,500.00 down payment on a car. She also admitted taking her grandmother’s name off her car insurance and putting the car in her name.
Zelakiewicz was arrested by Det. O’Hara and is due in Grand Island Court on October 31, 2012.