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Category: Fraud/ID theft

July
10th

‘Military Mistress’ accused of bilking servicemen across nation to face Pierce County fraud charges

Bobbi Ann Finley, the so-called “Military Mistress” accused of bilking servicemen across the nation, was released from an Alabama prison this week.

Her freedom was short-lived.

Two Pierce County detectives met her at the prison gates and arrested her on a 2011 warrant charging her with theft for allegedly convincing a local woman to cash bad checks for her, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Wednesday.

They booked her into the Pierce County Jail on Tuesday, and she appeared in Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon where she was formally charged with second-degree theft. A not guilty plea was entered

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July
3rd

Woman pleads guilty in rental fraud case, gets 3-year sentence

A woman authorities said bilked people seeking rental houses in the Tacoma area out of thousands of dollars pleaded guilty Wednesday to two felony counts and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Erica Brown, 41, originally was charged with 17 felonies, ranging from leading organized crime to multiple counts of theft.

She was convicted of one count each of inciting criminal profiteering and forgery in a deal reached with Pierce County prosecutors.

Brown was arrested in October 2011 after an investigation by multiple police agencies into her business dealings.

She ran companies that acted as go-betweens for landlords and

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June
25th

Auburn woman pleads not guilty to scamming elderly neighbor out of $400,000 by lying about cancer diagnosis

An Auburn woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday after she was indicted with wire fraud and Social Security fraud for allegedly bilking an elderly neighbor out of $400,000 by lying about being diagnosed with cancer.

Julie Ann Dahlquist, 51, is accused of feigning suffering from cancer to get the 78-year-old woman to pay for nonexistent treatments. She then allegedly used that money for gambling and other expenses, and hid the funds and $100,000 in gambling proceeds. That money would have disqualified her from receiving $8,000 she got from the Social Security Administration.

Dahlquist was released on the condition that she

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June
24th

Auburn woman arrested, suspected of lying to elderly neighbor about having cancer to get $400,000

An Auburn woman was arrested Monday and accused of lying about having cancer to get $400,000 from an elderly neighbor and using the money to pay gambling and other personal expenses.

Julie Ann Dahlquist, 51, was indicted on charges of wire and Social Security fraud, and is scheduled to be in court Tuesday.

She’s accused of falsely telling the 78-year-old woman that she had been diagnosed with the disease and did not have insurance or funds for treatment, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Court records show Dahlquist was both a neighbor and tenant of the woman.

The senior wrote

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June
24th

Warrant issued for suspected car prowler in Fircrest ID theft case

A warrant has been issued for a 20-year-old man charged in an identity theft case and wanted for several car prowls in Fircrest.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged Zachariah Hill with second-degree identity theft, two counts of second-degree possessing stolen property and one count of third-degree possessing stolen property.

Police arrested him June 11 after noticing he matched the description of a car prowler and burglar. In his backpack they allegedly found a Coach purse with identification and credit cards belonging to a woman whose car had been broken into at the Bell Vista apartments in Tacoma the night of

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June
19th

Renton man pleads guilty to selling fake Chihuly art

A 35-year-old man will be sentenced in October after pleading guilty Wednesday to selling art he fraudulently claimed was created by Tacoma native Dale Chihuly.

Michael Little was convicted of one count of wire fraud during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Seattle, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported.

Little faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Federal investigators said Little bought various pieces of generic glasswork and artwork which he later advertised on the Internet as being the creation of Chihuly, who is world renown for his work in glass. Little also forged

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June
14th

Yelm man sentenced to 8 years in prison for “Sovereign Citizen” tax fraud scheme

A Yelm man connected to the “Sovereign Citizen” movement who advised people in a tax fraud scheme was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Raymond Leo Jarlik Bell must also pay $705,276 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release. His wife, Ute Christine Jarlik Bell, will be sentenced Tuesday.

He was convicted in March on five counts of filing false, fictitious and fraudulent claims, three counts of mail fraud, 15 counts of assisting in filing false tax returns and one count of criminal contempt.

Members of the “Sovereign Citizen” movement believe

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May
20th

Judge rules Tacoma woman convicted in massive fraud must serve five years in prison

A Tacoma woman who participated in a massive fraud that ensnared dozens of solders from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and victimized her own grandmother was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison.

But Jannie Lee got a break when Superior Court Judge Thomas Larkin ruled she was eligible for a special sentencing alternative available to drug addicts. Under the alternative, she can qualify for release after serving five years. Authorities would use the remaining five years as leverage to ensure Lee remains drug and crime free.

“It certainly is disheartening to everyone that you victimized your own grandmother, who is a

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