ALLENTOWN, Pa. | Authorities allege three Lehigh County residents stole more than $25,000 from an 80-year-old woman living in a senior living center.
Allentown police on Wednesday charged Tammy Pedraza, 51; Olivia Pedraza, 23; and Niko Pedraza, 27, with single felony counts of access device fraud, theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy. District Judge John Durkin arraigned Niko Pedraza, of Coopersburg, Thursday morning, setting bail at $25,000.
Tammy Pedraza and Olivia Pedraza, of Catasauqua, and are awaiting arraignment.
In August 2019, Allentown police received a fraud report from an employee of a senior living facility, according to a news release from the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office. Investigators discovered hundreds of transactions on the 80-year-old victim’s bank account through the use of a credit/debit card, according to the news release.
Between March and August 2019, 470 fraudulent transactions totaling more than $25,800 were made on the victim’s bank account.
Investigators allege the Pedrazas used the credit/debit card to make purchases online or over the phone, including food deliveries, a gym membership and a student loan payment.
The victim told investigators that she didn’t give the Pedrazas permission to use her bank account information. It’s not clear from the news release how the Pedrazas are related or how they acquired the victim’s bank account information.