According to Racine police, a woman stole the credit card numbers of nine people and linked them to various fraudulent profiles on a popular cash transaction app.
Amy Polentini-Jabs was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Thursday with nine counts of identity theft for financial gain and nine misdemeanor counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. financial transaction. If convicted on all counts, she faces up to 60 years in prison and/or up to $180,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, a man from Racine filed a theft complaint after losing his wallet and seeing unauthorized debits on his bank card. He told officers that someone created a CashApp profile and sent money to other profiles without his consent.
Debit and credit card activity
Officers obtained records from Block, Inc., the company that owns and operates CashApp, that showed Polentini-Jabs linked the man’s debit card to his account. Police said the defendant also linked or attempted to link 97 additional debit or credit cards to her CashApp profile between January 2021 and February 2022. Educator’s Credit Union records clearly identified at least eight other residents from the region who had been victims of Polentini-Jabs, and each confirmed that he did not know the accused.
A witness confirmed that she knew that Polentini-Jabs was stealing debit and/or credit card numbers through her employer and that she had received money from Polentini-Jabs via CashApp, which she withdrew the money and gave it to the defendant, the complaint continues. During a police interview, Polentini-Jabs admitted to taking his employer’s debit and/or credit card numbers and using them to steal or attempt to steal funds through CashApp.
Polentini-Jabs remains in the Racine County Jail on $500 cash bond. She will then be in court on April 13 for her preliminary hearing.
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