Woman ac­cused of fraud

De­tec­tives say Sarah Dill­man opened half-dozen credit cards in ex-boyfriend’s name, then racked up more than $13,000 in unau­tho­rized charges

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael Goldberg mgold­berg@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @mgold­berg on Twit­ter

A 33-year-old Towamencin woman was ar­raigned on more than a dozen crim­i­nal counts Wed­nes­day morn­ing for al­legedly open­ing six credit card ac­counts us­ing her ex-boyfriend’s per­sonal in­for­ma­tion and rack­ing up more than $13,000 in unau­tho­rized charges, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Sarah M. Dill­man, of the 100 block of Free­dom Cir­cle, faces mul­ti­ple felony counts of forgery, felony counts of iden­tity theft, theft by de­cep­tion and re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty, and sev­eral other re­lated mis­de­meanor counts.

Po­lice said that in the spring, Dill­man’s ex-boyfriend — with whom she had been liv­ing — con­tacted law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties to tell them that “mul­ti­ple lines of credit in the form of credit cards had been opened in his name with­out his au­tho­riza­tion or knowl­edge,” and that Dill­man had ac­cess to his per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing his so­cial se­cu­rity num­ber and his date of birth, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

He later de­ter­mined that the to­tal amount of debt on six unau­tho­rized cards, plus a le­git­i­mate credit card that had unau­tho­rized charges placed on it, was $13,407.92, an af­fi­davit of prob­a­ble cause in­di­cates.

While Dill­man was in­car­cer­ated at Bucks County jail in May in another case, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Dill­man and the al­leged vic­tim spoke by

phone and she ad­mit­ted to open­ing the cards with­out the man’s knowl­edge and tak­ing “full re­spon­si­bil­ity” for her ac­tions — all of which was cap­tured on jail phone record­ings lis­tened to by Towamencin de­tec­tives dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Dill­man is be­hind bars at Mont­gomery County Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in lieu of 10 per­cent of $1,000 cash bail while await­ing her Sept. 12 pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing in Lans­dale district court.

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