WEST PALM BEACH, FL--Erika Morales didn't care that they were her babysitter, best friend and even the father of her child when she defrauded them all, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
On March 2, the telephone solicitor from Jupiter-based Diabetes Direct, a diabetes medical supply firm, was charged with 25 counts of stealing patients' identities, which investigators said she used to defraud utility and credit card companies and banks.
The 35-year-old West Palm Beach-area woman, currently in the Palm Beach County Jail, was slapped with an additional 16 charges of identity theft on Thursday, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The medical company hired Morales in September 2008 and she remained at the part-time job for six months while she compiled names, Social Security numbers and birthdates to run her identity theft operation, investigators said. Detectives found computers, diaries and notes with victims' personal identification information in her home in the 4600 block of Hairland Drive, west of West Palm Beach.
The latest list of victims, detectives said Thursday, included nine from West Palm Beach, one from Lake Worth, two from Miami and four from elsewhere in the state.
One of her victims, Barbara Runyon, watched Morales' child at the day care Runyon ran, detectives said. Morales forged Runyon's signature to attempt to collect a tax refund check, the Sheriff's Office said.
Lisa Robinson, who detectives said was Morales' best friend, had no clue the suspect had opened a checking account in her name.
Morales also stole the identity of her child's father, Ronnie Shivers, to open a bank account and other accounts with Palm Beach County companies, detectives said.
According to a Sheriff's Office report, Morales has accrued more than $10,000 in expenses with accounts she opened using her victims' identities. She has 10 prior convictions on fraud-related charges and had previously been in prison on drug charges, the report states.
The Sheriff's Office also said an unidentified boyfriend helped her cash checks with fake IDs that Morales gave him.
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