Monday, January 28, 2013
The 45-year-old Saukville woman claims she activated a pre-approved card in her dad's name without his permission; her dad says this isn't the first time.
A 45-year-old Saukville woman is facing a felony charge after using a credit card she opened in her dad's name to make purchases. Kelly Nelson is out of custody on a $2,500 signature bond and is now awaiting a status hearing at 10 a.m. Feb. 14 in connection with the identity theft-financial gain charge. If convicted, Nelson faces $10,000 in fines and 6 years in prison. Nelson's father received a letter in the mail on Dec. 6 that a credit card had been opened in his name, according to the criminal complaint. He did not open the Capital One account, and soon learned that his daughter was listed as an authorized user. The man called Capital One to make them aware of the fraudulent account, the complaint said, as he did not give permission for…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Port Washington Police Department is warning local grandparents of the scam after a local bank recognized the fraud.
Editor's note: The following information is taken from a press release provided by the Port Washington Police Department. The Port Washington Police Department once again warns well-meaning senior citizens of our community to be aware of a nation-wide telephone scam that preys upon grandparents. The "emergency" scam is designed to fool grandparents into believing that their grandchild is hurt, arrested or stranded, and in need of money. The grandparent scam which has been around for a few years is on the rise this holiday season. Retirees and grandparents are an attractive target for financial scammers. These emergency scams play off of people’s emotions and strong desire to help others in need, especially this time of year. As …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Suspect, 30, allegedly used the debit card while taking care of the victim inside her apartment after she was released from the hospital.
A 30-year-old home care worker is accused of stealing nearly $500 from a patient so he could make a car payment on his own vehicle. Jimmy D. Davis Jr., of Milwaukee, was charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court on Tuesday with one count of theft. If convicted, he faces up to nine months in prison and $10,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint: On Dec. 17, 2011, the victim was released from the hospital and picked up by Davis, who was an employee of Home Instead Care. He then took her to her apartment in the 300 block of West Walters Street, Port Washington, where he stayed with her for several hours that day and the next. Twice during the two days, Davis left the victim alone for some time so he could use the computer in the …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
An Ozaukee County man is charged after checks used to buy a car and a motorcycle — totaling more than $16,000 — were returned for insufficient funds
A 24-year-old Milwaukee man is facing charges after he police say he bought a car and a motorcycle from two different Ozaukee County dealers and paid for them with bad checks. Darin R. Bolander Jr. was charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court last week Monday with two counts of issuing a worthless check and two counts of theft through false representation. If convicted, he faces up to 19 years in prison and $40,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint: On Aug. 31, Bolander went to Ernie Von Schledorn and purchased a 2005 Chevrolet Impala for $9,500, which he paid for with a check. The check was later returned to the dealership, which tried to make contact with Bolander but was unsuccessful. Saukville police officers were made aware…
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
A roundup of recent activity from the police blotter also includes a local retail theft, a group of stray cats and playground smoking.
An unknown prankster cost the local Pizza Hut store nearly $100 after sending a fraudulent order to a Port business. Port Washington police were contacted at 7:47 p.m. Thursday after an order sent to Synergy Tuning, 740 W. Oakland Ave., turned out not to be ordered by anyone at the business. The order total $97.80 worth of food. Those involved are working to find out which computer the order came from. More from the reports:
Friday, August 10, 2012
The Port Washington Police Department is seeking help in finding two people who pretended to be undercover police officers in Port Washington on Friday, asking a resident for some personal information.
Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect a correction in the address of the incident. The Port Washington Police Department is seeking information about two people who pretended to be undercover police officers in Port Washington on Friday. The incident happened in the 800 block of North Wisconsin Street, according to a press release from the department. The woman was approached by the two people behind her garage. They said they were undercover officers investigating garage thefts. "They were wearing blue lanyards with embroidery with a name tag, had a clipboard, and a badge was quickly flashed," the press release said. "They said that they were investigating robberies from garages and were going to be speaking with her …
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Some fraud allegations were true, some were false, and some complaints will likely yield to an investigation. But there aren't enough to stop the recall from moving forward, state election official says.
The head of the agency that oversees elections in Wisconsin says there have been some instances of fraudulent signatures found on the petitions seeking to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker from office. And with at least three outside groups going through the signatures looking for problems, Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy said his staff expects to hear even more allegations about possible fraud. While the GAB and other agencies will investigate all such complaints, it's unlikely there will be enough of them to stop the recall from moving forward, Kennedy said in a memo released Friday. "The highly polarized political atmosphere which has engendered the current recall initiatives has also generated a constant buzz …
Monday, November 28, 2011
Don't get caught up in the Cyber Monday scams. Read how to avoid the problems with tips from the Better Business Bureau.
If fighting crowds on Black Friday doesn't sound very appealing, give Cyber Monday a chance. The Monday after Thanksgiving has been dubbed the online version of the deal-snagging Black Friday, but it's all done from the comfort of your couch. The National Retail Federation says seven in 10 retailers expect sales to grow at least 15 percent during the holidays, and an average shopper plans to do 36 percent of his or her purchases online. That's up from 33 percent last year. That's why the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau came up with a list of tips and scams to look out for when perusing today's unbelievable online deals. Shop on trustworthy websites. Check a seller's reputation and record for customer satisfaction at bbb.org. Look for …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
BBB says not all charities are legitimate, so be careful as 9/11 anniversary approaches.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The anniversary of the terroroist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, is quickly approaching, envoking painful memories and for some, the urge to give back. But the Better Business Bureau wants to remind donors to keep a watchful eye out as scammers may try to take advantage of those willing to help out. In a press release issued Thursday, the BBB took a look at a recent Associated Press investigation which found that many 9/11 charities “failed miserably” in serving victims, their families and their memories, while continuing to collect donations. This past week, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs warned that a scammer was calling residents in Northeast Wisconsin fraudulently soliciting donations for a veterans’ clinic in Green Bay. More…
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Man is being held in numerous frauds pulled on chain store employees throughout the metro area.
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- Jim Price
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
A man accused of pulling numerous scams on area chain store outlets is in police custody, according to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. Patch is not identifying the suspect because his case is still under review and no charges have yet been filed in this case. But Wauwatosa police and sources at the district attorney's office confirmed that the man in custody is suspected in a long string of cons. In January, reports began to come in to area police departments of a man preying on chain stores. Usually identifying himself on the phone as "Mark Stein" or sometimes "Mike Stern" and claiming to be a corporate officer, he would tell a clerk or manager that he was trying to resolve a claim against the company. Although his story …