April 23, 2018
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Woman who allegedly stole Portland sister’s identity, racked up $36,000 in debts says ‘she had better credit than I did’

By Ed Treleven, The Wisconsin State Journal

MADISON, Wis. — A former Fitchburg, Wis., woman was charged Monday with using her Portland, Maine, sister’s identity to take out credit cards and loans and run up more than $36,000 in debt.

Deidra M. Dawley, 33, of Genoa City, told police she used her sister’s identity to get the credit cards and loans last year because “she had better credit than I did,” according to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court.

Dawley is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday. She is charged with four counts of identity theft and one count of theft by false representation. All are felonies.

According to a criminal complaint:

Fitchburg police began to investigate the case in June after receiving a report from police in Portland, Maine. A resident there reported in January that she suspected her sister had opened credit cards in her name and had made a withdrawal from her bank account.

In all, the complaint states, three credit cards were opened, including one now carrying a $16,264 balance, along with an American TV store credit account with a balance of more than $5,000, and two loans from online lenders.

In all, the balances total $36,085.

In an interview with Fitchburg police, Dawley admitted opening the accounts in her sister’s name over a two-year period and said her sister knew nothing about it.

Distributed by MCT Information Services


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