By Kevin Deutsch
A Pennsylvania woman who ripped off a Broward County senior citizen was captured in Tamarac this month and charged with grand theft from a person age 65 years or older, court records show.
Denise Peters, 52, of Boyertown, PA, allegedly wrote checks to herself from the man’s TD Bank account, stealing $21,338, according to an arrest affidavit filed by the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Peters used the victim’s personal identifying information when she wrote the checks and signed them on his behalf, leading authorities to also charge her with fraudulent use of another’s identification, records show.
The victim, whose name was not made public, did not consent to let Peters use his information or to write checks in his name, according to investigators.
Peters allegedly committed the crimes in Fort Lauderdale in 2019, records show.
A warrant for her arrest was issued in February, and she was arrested on May 16 during a traffic stop on Commercial Boulevard in Tamarac, according to BSO.
Peters is currently free on a $7,000 bond. Records show she is scheduled to be arraigned before Broward Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Scherer on June 13.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.