Wright Twp. Police Arrest Identity Thief

 

Wright  Township  Ptlm.  Kristen  Paulshock  filed  charges  against  Karey

 L.  Rice  of  Freeland  in  May  on  six  counts  of  Forgery;  six  counts  of  Identity

 Theft;  six  counts  of  Theft  by  Unlawful  Taking,  and  six  counts  of  Receiving  Stolen  Property.

The  counts  arose  from  six  separate  incidents  where  funds  were  allegedly  removed  from  bank  accounts  of  the  subject’s  grandmother  in  the  amount  of

 $582  in  total.

The  court  documents  show  that  checks  were  written  in  various  amounts

 to  separate  individuals  without  Ester  Rice,  the  grandmother’s  approval.

The  Affidavit  says,  “The  victimstated  that  she  did  not  authorize  thesetransactions.”

The  defendant  was  picked  upon  a  warrant  and  had  been  held  inthe  Luzerne  County  CorrectionalFacility.

A  Preliminary  Hearing  was  heldbefore  Magisterial  District  JudgeRonald  W.  Swank  on  Wednesday, May  22nd.  Rice  agreed  to  Waive  thecounts  to  the  Luzerne  County  Courtof  Common  Pleas.  The  defendantwas  released  on  $5,000  Bail  and  isscheduled  for  Formal  Arraignmentin  Luzerne  County  Court  on  Friday, August  23rd.