House cleaner faces felonies in identity theft

GREENWOOD – Delaware State Police arrested a local house cleaner on felony charges after investigation determined she fraudulently cashed checks from her elderly client in excess of $9,000.

Jodi L. Wright

State police on March 29 arrested and charged Jodi L. Wright, 39, of Felton with identity theft, theft under $1,500 (victim 62 years of age or older), 25 counts of forgery second degree degree and theft by false pretense over $1,500, state police spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin said.

The investigation determined that in December 2017, Wright was hired to clean a private residence in the 9000 block of Blacksmith Shop Road, Greenwood.

In March 2018 the victim noticed suspicious activity on her bank account and multiple unauthorized transactions. Further examination of bank records identified 25 fraudulent transactions in which checks were cashed, totaling $9,200, Cpl. Austin said.

Troopers discovered that over a three-month time period, Wright had stolen multiple checks from her 72-year-old client and forged their signature, before cashing them, Cpl. Austin said.

Wright was then arraigned and released on $128,000 unsecured bond.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Master Cpl. C. Arnold at Troop 5 at 232-3479.

State police advise anyone who employed Wright and believe they may have been victimized to contact your local police agency.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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