Caregiver Accused of Identity Theft Waives Preliminary Hearing

| February 14, 2019

GavelFRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – A caregiver who was reported for identity theft after changing a victim’s debit card pin number and using the card to make a purchase waived her preliminary hearing in court this week.

Court documents indicate the following charges against 25-year-old Victoria Rose Switzer, of Oil City, were waived for court on Wednesday, February 13:

– Identity Theft, Felony 3
– Access Device Issued to Another Who Did Not Authorize, Misdemeanor 1
– Theft by Unlawful Taking – Moveable Property, Misdemeanor 2

The charges have been transferred to the Venango County Court of Common Pleas.

Switzer remains free on $10,000.00 unsecured bail.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, on February 7, Ptlm. Floor of the Franklin Police Department was dispatched to a theft at a residence on Crestview Drive, where he was advised that a caregiver took the victim’s debit card and made a purchase of $57.90.

According to the complaint, Ptlm. Floor was informed that Victoria Switzer admitted to taking the debit card and switching the pin number so she could make the purchase.

The complaint notes that Ptlm. Floor interviewed Switzer at the Franklin Police Department and Switzer admitted to using the victim’s social security number to switch the debit card’s pin number so she could make a purchase with the card.

Based on the investigation, Switzer was arraigned on Friday, February 8, in front of Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland.

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