Moon Woman Charged with Defrauding Senior Citizen
Police say the woman befriended the victim and obtained her bank account information.
Moon Police have charged a township woman with defrauding a woman out of more than $1,400.
Jeanette Nolte, 44, is accused of accessing the 63-year-old woman's bank account to obtain a debit card, using it to make fraudulent purchases at Moon and Coraopolis-area businesses.
Police in a complaint said Nolte befriended the victim, a woman in poor health who has suffered multiple strokes and is often forgetful.
Nolte offered to help the victim with day-to-day chores. While assisting the woman, Nolte obtained her bank account information, police allege.
She is accused of making nearly 40 fraudulent transactions between April and July, spending $1,402.31 and overdrawing the victim's bank account.
Nolte used a debit card obtained through the woman's bank account to make purchases at Giant Eagle, Coraopolis Cash Market and Uni-Mart, among other businesses, police said.
The victim became aware of the theft in July when she received a bank notice for an overdraft fee in the amount of $444, police said.
Nolte was charged with access device fraud and theft by deception in October. She was arraigned on the charges Nov. 2 and faces a preliminary hearing Dec. 4 in Coraopolis District Court.
Nolte told police that the victim approved of the purchases.