The 87-year-old widow of a former state representative, Katherine, says an ID thief charged $70,000 on various accounts the thief opened in the widow's name. Katherine said one of the creditors said she owed $12,000 on a Platinum Visa Card.
Katherine said another creditor threatened to repossess her Toyota for non-payment on a loan for the vehicle. Katherine said she told the lien holder to repossess it since she didn't own such a vehicle.
Katherine said she believes a 24-year-old woman was behind the ID thief. She said the thief briefly lived in the same apartment complex as she does.
Katherine said the thief also attempted to obtain a Sallie Mae student loan using the stolen personal information. Katherine said AT&T billed her for $277 she didn't owe, also the handy work of the ID thief.
Katherine said she filed an ID theft complaint with the police department. She said that prior to retirement; she worked for 16-years as a senior accountant-auditor in the state comptroller's office.