A woman arrested last week now faces additional numerous felony charges after Lee deputies connected her to the identity theft of a Lake Placid woman.
Ann Marie Hernandez, 46, who lists addresses in Lehigh Acres and Pompano Beach, was charged Thursday with four counts each of illegal use of a credit card two or more times in six months and grand theft, two counts of use of another’s identity without consent and one count of fraudulently obtaining property of less than $20,000.
According to Lee County Sheriff’s Office reports:
Jody Sanders, 54, of Lake Placid, initially reported to Highlands County Sheriff’s Office deputies that someone used her personal information to access a Sears account and apply for several credit accounts, including one at Home Depot. The person was making unauthorized charges to the account. She made the report to Highlands deputies because that is the county in which she lives.
On April 1, Sanders spoke with Lee deputies.
The person had used the credit cards and racked up nearly $9,000 in charges.
Meantime, on April 29, another detective arrested Hernandez on an unrelated, but similar case, resulting from a traffic stop on Interstate 75 where deputies discovered a vehicle full of high-end power tool equipment, some with security tags attached. At that time, she admitted she concealed a fraudulent credit card and driver’s license on her person, according to a previous report.
Deputies learned the items were purchased from Home Depot stores in Cape Coral and Naples using a fraudulent credit card account.
A detective learned she was the same woman he was pursuing after previously identifying her in connection with the Sanders case.
Sanders did not know the woman.