This Article is About
credit card accounts
bank accounts
family member
checking account
old woman
quite some time
Jessica Sesanto Allegedly Stole $50,000 From Grandmother In Identity Theft Case
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Jessica Sesanto Allegedly Stole $50,000 From Grandmother In Identity Theft Case

Jessica Sesanto, a 28-year old woman from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has been charged with stealing over $50,000 using her grandmother's identity. Police arrested Sesanto earlier this month and charged her with two felonies: theft and identity theft, facing a total of eight years in prison if convicted.

While Jessica lived with her grandmother for the past decade, she allegedly withdrew money from the grandmother's checking account to the tune of $21,000 to use on her own personal expenses. Additionally, she allegedly applied for and opened four credit card accounts in her grandmothers name, then proceeded to max each of them out for a total of another $30,000 in unauthorized transactions.

A family member was examining the grandmother's financial records after she moved to a nursing home earlier this year. The family member noticed some major discrepancies in the finances and started putting the pieces together. When that person realized what was likely happening, they notified the police.

A detective from the Eau Claire Police Department spoke with the grandmother on October 5th and concluded that she was of sound mind, and she claimed that she never authorized any transactions for Jessica's personal expenses. She had been paying Jessica for housework by check for quite some time, but she never gave her explicit access to her bank accounts.

After investigating the matter directly, the detective determined that Jessica Sesanto had fraudulently initiated at least 70 transactions from the checking account over the past year.

Sesanto told police that she always intended to pay the money back.

During the investigation, Sesanto admitted to the police that she was "addicted to shopping" and spend the money as a means of coping with her addiction. Her own credit is even worse. She has filed bankruptcy twice already and has maxed out plenty of her own credit cards as well.

This is no excuse, however, from stealing from your own grandmother. While the case is still pending, she is currently out of jail on a $25,000 signature bond. She is scheduled to return to court on November 29th to face the charges.

Identity theft is a serious crime with serious ramifications. The mandatory minimum sentence for identity theft according to rules enacted by the United State Congress is two years. But for aggravated identity theft, the sentence can be up to fifteen years. Sesanto is not being charged with aggravated theft at this time.

When grandchildren are stealing money from their elders, it's a harsh reminder that everyone must stay vigilant to protect their identity.

Many people have opted to enlist the help of identity fraud protection services. These servicesmonitor credit reports, financial transactions, and criminal networks which trade identities for profit.

Still, even without the assistance of programs such as these, it's important to constantly monitor financial statements to prevent the fraudulent loss of money before it gets out of hand.

Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Sued By A Credit Card Company: Facts About Old, Charged Off Credit Card Accounts
For many people who are being sued by their credit card company, the process that led them to the very situation they are in now is somewhat hazy. This article aims to help delinquent debtors know more about what charged off account meant and what information can help their cause…
By: Vivienne Knoxville in  Legal  >  National State Local   Jun 01, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Binary Options, What Are They?
Binary options are a new trading choice. Called "binary" as there are only two possible outcomes. Outcome 1: The pay off is either a fixed amount or percentage - up to 70% if the option is "in the money" when you sell it. Or outcome 2: You get nothing if…
By: Ian Worrall in  Investing  >  Stocks   May 05, 2011  
  Likes: 1

Fair Credit Reporting: What You Need To Know Now
Debt collectors have always been linked to harassment, threats and use of profane language to extract debt payments, especially old debts, despite laws enforced to protect consumer rights. Out of statutes debts will be sold and resold and often, those who purchased the accounts will not hesitate to step on…
By: Vivienne Knoxville in  Finance  >  Credit   Jul 18, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Useful Financial Tips For First Time Home Buyers In South Carolina
Buying your first home is a challenge for most first time home buyers. It’s an exciting thing to do, but at the same time it is a nerve-racking experience. First time buyers are never sure that they are doing the right thing. Here are some financial tips to help you…
By: Jhoe Cannon in  Real Estate  >  Buying   Aug 14, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Identity Theft Of Deceased Persons - An Awful Crime
There really is no line that criminals won't cross when they're about to commit a crime. Even when it comes to stealing from the deceased. They're still willing to go after that person and commit fraud using their identity. Identity theft of deceased persons is a wretched crime, so it…
By:  in  Legal  >  Identity Theft   Nov 24, 2011  
  Likes: 1

Facts To Consider When Dealing With Credit Card Lawsuit
Thousands of people across the country are facing credit card lawsuit for unpaid debts that this actually turned into a billion dollar business for junk debt buyers, who make a living by purchasing old, credit card accounts for pennies on the dollar. In a somewhat twisted way, opportunist are actually…
By: Vivienne Knoxville in  Legal  >  National State Local   May 27, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Choosing Plants For Your Koi Water Garden
So you finally finished your water garden construction. You have finally come to the fun part of creating your water garden: picking the flowers and plants that will make your water garden a beautiful oasis. Not only should you consider beauty when you are picking your plants, but you must…
By: Makowski Piotr Dariusz in  Legal  >  Identity Theft   Mar 03, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Identity Theft And Data Breaches – How Do They Affect You?
Once You Supply Your Information – The Security of that Information is in Someone’s Hands What is a Data Breach? A data breach is defined according to Wikipedia as "A data breach is the intentional or unintentional release of secure information to an untrusted environment." A data breach commonly occurs…
By: Lisa VanEvery in  Legal  >  Identity Theft   Feb 05, 2014  
  Likes: 0

Learn Ways To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft And Credit Scams
If you thought identity theft and credit scams only occurred in seedy establishments or in the dark corners of the Internet, think again. A recent article by NBC New York reported on November 17, 2011, that dozens of waiters from high-end New York City and surrounding area steakhouse restaurants were…
By: Ron Estel in  Legal  >  Identity Theft   Nov 22, 2011  
  Likes: 3

What Does A Private Investigator Aim to Do?
Sometimes, solving the mysterious puzzles in life becomes really challenging. Most people do not know how to handle confusing situations when they do not have enough time to deal with something that requires them to go out of their way to find a solution. This is exactly when private investigation…
By: Shawn Deny in  Legal  >  Identity Theft   Jun 04, 2015  
  Likes: 2

Protect Yourself From Identity Theft And Credit Fraud
The holiday season is fast approaching and consumers are gearing up for their annual trek to the retail stores and to the computer to purchase gifts for their loved ones. Increased purchase activity may attract those people who want to take advantage of others, so there is no better time…
By: Ron Estel in  Legal  >  Identity Theft   Nov 18, 2011  
  Likes: 2

Identity Theft And Rfid – Are You at Risk?
What is Radio Frequency Identification? RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. RFID technology was created during the Second World War to differentiate enemy war planes from friendly war planes and has evolved into a very useful technology. RFID has a variety of uses that range from asset tracking to the…
By: Lisa VanEvery in  Legal  >  Identity Theft   Jan 29, 2014  
  Likes: 0

Protect Your Identity Online
Identity theft continues to be one of the fastest growing crimes today. Due to the fact that the majority of us make the choice to submerge ourselves in the world of the “information super highway” and share our information so freely, here are some tips to assist you in protecting…
By: Lisa VanEvery in  Legal  >  Identity Theft   Jan 26, 2014  
  Likes: 0

Identity Theft Can Turn Your Life Upside Down
The majority of us are busy with work, family and friends. In amongst the milieu of our daily lives, we toss out the items we don’t need any more or the things that annoy us the most like the constant strew of junk mail that bombards our mailboxes…but, do you…
By: Lisa VanEvery in  Legal  >  Identity Theft   Jan 25, 2014  
  Likes: 1

Orlando Legal - Do I Need Prepaid Legal Services
You may ask yourself, why do I need a pre-paid legal plan, but like 70% of American last year you may, in actuality, have used legal help if it was freely available and affordable. Think about this, did you get a traffic ticket last year? Did you sign a contract…
By: Steve J. Gerwig in  Legal  >  Identity Theft   Apr 20, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 2265    Report this Article