According to this Dakota County Criminal Complaint a Minneapolis woman living in a Burnsville hotel stole just over $4000 from another mostly to pay for the five mobile phones she has on her account.
From the complaint:
On or about November 2, 2011, Lakeville police were contacted by the victim, C.W., stating that she wanted to report a fraud on her bank account. According to the victim, she recently noticed fraudulent charges after she was trying to balance her checkbook, and with the assistance of her bank, located the names of two people associated with the transactions that she knew.
Through the investigation, officers learned that the following charges were posted to the victim’s bank account using her account routing numbers, and without her consent.
November 29, 2010: $388.89 to Verizon Wireless
December 16, 2010: $324.08 to Verizon Wireless
January 13, 2011: $374.96 to Verizon Wireless
January 20, 2011: $374.96 to Verizon Wireless – Attempted Only
January 26, 2011: $374.96 to Verizon Wireless
February 14, 2011: $258.40 to Verizon Wireless
March 14, 2011: $266.85 to Verizon Wireless
April 18, 2011: $285.98 to Verizon Wireless
May 19, 2011: $286.00 to Verizon Wireless
August 19, 2011: $289.58 to Verizon Wireless
September 21, 2011: $276.90 to Verizon Wireless
October 4, 2011: $450.00 charge to Public Storage
October 20, 2011: $308.26 charge to Verizon Wireless
November 1, 2011: $131.60 charge to Public Storage
Total unauthorized transactions taken out of the victim’s bank account equaled $4,016.46.
There are a few oddities about this complaint…the first being that someone actually pays ~$280/month to Verizon for five mobile phones on one account. Are there that many people out there who pay such high wireless rates?! The other is that the woman discovering the fraudulent charges didn’t do so until she balanced her checkbook a year later. While few people still balance their checkbooks, how is it that someone wouldn’t notice several months where nearly $1000 was taken out of their checking account–over the course of a year?!
What do you have to say about this one? Are you more surprised that someone stole $4000 over the course of a year from someone’s checking out without them noticing or the fact that they wait until the end of the year to balance their checkbook? Maybe you’d like to comment on how high your mobile phone bill is (mine is less than $70). If you were paying for five phones do you think you’d allow the others to have such high cost plans? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.