Paradise Valley police arrest identity theft suspect

Jessie Louise Denton (photo by Paradise Valley Police Department)

Jessie Louise Denton (photo by Paradise Valley Police Department)

Paradise Valley police have arrested a woman accused of forgery, fraudulent use of a credit card and theft of a credit card, according to officials.

On Nov. 27, Paradise Valley police were contacted by a family member who reported suspicious activity on her parents’ credit card account, stated a police report.

At the time of the report there had been about $6,000 of fraudulent charges, officials stated.

The Criminal Investigations Unit began an investigation and learned that there had also been fraudulent activity on the parents’ checking account as well, according to reports.

Police learned that there had been a new home health care provider working with the parents, reports stated. Video surveillance at a retailer caught one of the fraudulent credit card transactions. The video captured a young white female making a purchase with the victim’s credit card.

That video was compared to a photo of the home health care worker and investigators determined that they were the same person, police stated.

On Dec. 16, detectives arrested Jessie Louise Denton, 20, of Phoenix.

During an interview, Denton admitted to using the victim’s credit card to pay for various items including rent and car payments, police stated. The investigation revealed that Denton had racked up charges totaling in excess of $12,000.

Denton was booked into the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail on charges of aggravated taking the identity of another, forgery, fraudulent use of a credit card, theft by misrepresentation and theft of a credit card — all felonies.

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