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More nursing home identity theft charges

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A Mamou woman has been charged with multiple counts, and a suspected accomplice has also been arrested, in an ongoing identity theft and fraud investigation against a resident of the La parish of Saint-Landry.

Last February, Tranessa Compton, 30, was convicted of 259 counts of access device fraud, 16 counts of identity theft and 4 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

This week she was booked with Exploitation of Persons with Infirmities; 112 counts of access device fraud, 57 counts of identity theft and three counts contributing to juvenile delinquency.

Jonas Wayne Patin, 35, also from Mamou, was also arrested this week in the case. He is charged with two counts of disability exploitation, 64 counts of device access fraud and six counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The investigation began in January, St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said, and Compton was first arrested Jan. 31 and charged in connection with the alleged exploitation of a resident. of a retirement home.

In February, a second nursing home resident filed similar complaints, after that victim received a notification that the credit card had an overdue balance. The victim said there was no balance on that credit card. It turns out that the fraudulent activity on the card — without the victim’s permission or knowledge — appears sometime after November 2021, Guidroz said.

The investigation revealed fraudulent activity beginning November 17 and continuing through December 20. Over $3,500 was charged to the card and over $12,000 in fraudulent charges were attempted. Compton also allegedly tried to open a new line of credit in the victim’s name, but was unsuccessful, Guidroz said.

Phone records were obtained from the credit card company and Tranessa Compton could have been heard identifying herself as the victim, the sheriff said. She allegedly provided the victim’s personal information, including credit card number, date of birth, photo ID, and social security number to access the victim’s account. Tranessa Compton also allegedly provided her home phone number and a personal email address in an effort to have the victim’s identification “verified” for the account, the sheriff said.

The calls Tranessa Compton allegedly made to the credit card company were about the credit card no longer working and trying to get fraud alerts removed from the account, the sheriff said.

As video and photographic evidence became available, Tranessa Compton and Jonas Wayne Patin could have been seen using the stolen credit card on numerous occasions. Tranessa Compton and Jonas Patin were observed using the stolen credit card in the presence of minors, according to deputies.

Additionally, according to video and photo evidence, Jonas Patin was also observed using the credit card belonging to the first victim, which was first reported to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office. on January 3, 2022. Jonas Patin was responsible for 60 transactions. and 1 attempted transaction totaling $3,609.13, according to deputies.

When questioned by detectives on April 7, 2022, Tranessa Compton initially denied any involvement and later replied that she had made a “mistake”. She was transported to the parish prison of Saint-Landry and charged with exploitation of infirm persons, 112 counts of access device fraud, 57 counts of identity theft and 3 counts of contributing to the juvenile delinquency.

After numerous attempts, detectives were unable to interview Jonas Wayne Patin about the first financial abuse complaint. An arrest warrant was issued on February 15, 2022 for exploitation of disabled persons, 61 counts of access device fraud and 3 counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors.

On April 7, 2022, Jonas Patin was incarcerated in the prison of the parish of Saint-Landry for the arrest warrant issued previously. Detectives then charged Jonas Patin with the following additional charges in relation to the second complaint: exploitation of the disabled, 3 counts of access device fraud, 3 counts of contributing to juvenile delinquency.