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Deputies believe fraudster is at large, working in Pinellas and Pasco Counties

Posted at 6:53 PM, Mar 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-09 19:23:33-05

PINELLAS COUNTY, FLA - Deputies are searching for a suspected fraudster.

Pinellas County deputies said the unidentified woman is accused of going to several banks in Pinellas County and even driving to Orlando too, using stolen ID’s and forged checks.

Deputies released two pictures of the suspect and pictures of the car she was driving. It is a white Volvo S90. Deputies said the license plate was stolen out of Hillsborough County. The tag number is CSJU29.

According to deputies, the woman they are looking for may be connected to car break-ins in Pasco County. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office confirmed crooks broke into several cars in a church parking lot at the end of February. The cars were parked at the church for soccer matches across the street. Pinellas County deputies confirmed some of the stolen ID’s and forged checks in Pasco County were used in Pinellas County.

“It’s disgusting. I mean….go get a job,” Ashley Centeno said.

Centeno’s van was one of the vehicles broken into in Pasco County near Little Road in New Port Richey.

“I’m always looking over my shoulder and I used to be happy here. I used to feel safe,” Centeno said.

According to Pasco County deputies, crooks stole wallets, purses, credit cards, cash, ID’s, gift cards and other items.

“It’s…it’s not fair. I work my butt off, you know, me (and) my husband, we have 3 kids,” Centeno said.

Centeno said she received a call from a bank employee in Clermont recently that concerned her.

“This is so and so from Chase bank and he’s like 'someone just tried to use your ID in the drive-thru window and he’s like they were trying to cash checks with your ID,'” Centeno said.

Centeno hopes they catch the person or people responsible soon.

“I do hope they catch them soon because like I said it’s families that are being affected,” Centeno said.

According to Pinellas County deputies, they are looking into whether this person acted alone or with other people. The case remains under investigation. If anyone has information, they need to call Crime Stoppers, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, or the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.