Woman arrested in suspicion of ID theft

April 25, 2008 12:57:18 PM PDT
A woman suspected of identity theft and registering fraudulent businesses in several Bay Area cities was arrested in Antioch on Thursday, the Police Department reported today.

Michelle Gaye Perkins, 43, allegedly used her position as owner of the Senior's Resource Center in Texas to take information from an employee's application and open credit card accounts in California, police said.

The center had closed by the time the victim realized her information had been taken. She filed police reports and investigated, discovering that Perkins had moved to California and charged about $5,000 on the credit card and used it to rent a house in Antioch, according to police.

Perkins also allegedly registered fraudulent businesses at the Chamber of Commerce offices in Antioch, Brentwood, Concord and Solano, Sacramento and Yolo counties, police said.

Perkins allegedly opened the fraudulent business under the names Senior Resource and Service Center, Resource and Service Center for Seniors Inc., Tender Loving Homecare Inc., and Senior Resources and Services Inc., according to the Police Department.

Antioch police, contacted April 18 about the identity theft, discovered that Perkins had already allegedly cashed more than $7,000 in checks in the city.

Officers searched Perkins' Antioch home Thursday, allegedly discovering evidence of the identity theft scam, police said.

In addition to the three warrants out for Perkins' arrest in other cities, police arrested Perkins for identity theft, fraudulent checks and burglary.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing, and anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Stanton at (925) 779-6884.


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