Racine police say a woman stole the credit card numbers from nine individuals and linked them to various fraudulent profiles on a popular cash transaction application.
Amy Polentini-Jabs was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with nine felony counts of identity theft for financial gain and nine misdemeanor counts of fraudulent use of a financial transaction card. If convicted of all charges, she faces up to 60 years in prison and/or up to $180,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, a Racine man filed a theft report after he lost his wallet and he noticed unauthorized charges on his bank card. He told officers someone created a CashApp profile and sent money to other profiles without his consent.
Debit and Credit Card Activity
Officers obtained records from Block, Inc., the company that owns and operates CashApp, that showed Polentini-Jabs linked the man’s debit card to her account. Police say the defendant also linked or attempted to link an additional 97 debit or credit cards to her CashApp profile between January 2021 and February 2022. Records from Educator’s Credit Union clearly identified at least eight additional area residents who had fallen victim to Polentini-Jabs, and each one confirmed they did not know the defendant.
A witness confirmed that she knew Polentini-Jabs was stealing debit and/or credit card numbers through her employer and that she received money from Polentini-Jabs through CashApp, withdrew the cash and gave it to the defendant, the complaint continues. In an interview with police, Polentini-Jabs admitted to taking debit and/or credit card numbers from her employer and using them to steal or attempt to steal funds through CashApp.
Polentini-Jabs remains in the Racine County Jail on a $500 cash bond. She will next be in court on April 13 for her preliminary hearing.
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