(Nippintucket, OH) An Ohio woman has been convicted of an unusual form of identity theft.
US Prosecuting Attorney Robert Ungar Rammson said the elderly woman, Gedda L. Ott, had over the years filled out credit card applications sent to relatives who had gone to live in nursing homes, using their personal information. She was in possession of nearly 30 activated credit cards at the time of her arrest.
But occasionally the woman apparently slipped up and used her own maiden name and personal information on the applications. Rammson said the investigation showed she had in fact had been stealing from her own bank accounts, to the tune of $87,423.98, over a period of four years. She was found guilty of aggravating identity theft.
Investigators declined to comment on the amount the woman was alleged to have stolen from her now-deceased relatives, saying it was a dead issue.
Rammson reported that the judge has indicated leniency towards the woman, who is currently living in a nursing home herself.
A tiny, frail figure, Mrs. Ott was wheeled each morning into the courtroom, quite overwhelmed by quilt.
"Knowing who you are is really valuable. In this case, it was worth over 87K," one juror was quoted as saying.