NORWALK, Conn. -- A Stamford woman was arrested in Norwalk on Thursday, April 10, after police said she used her sister's stolen identity to steal thousands from an elderly man.
Maria Dorissaint, 32, was charged with two counts of first-degree identity theft, credit card theft and third-degree larceny. She was being held without bond and was scheduled to appear in court Thursday.
The investigation stems from May 2012, when the elderly man's daughter noticed that several thousand dollars had been withdrawn from her father's account. Several credit cards had also been opened in his name and used to make more than $5,000 in purchases, police said. Police obtained surveillance footage from an ATM withdrawal at a Bank of America branch, and the daughter identified the woman making the withdrawal as the health care worker hired to take care of her father.
Upon further investigation, police discovered that Dorissaint had used her sister's identity to secure the job. Police contacted Dorissaint's sister, who said she had never worked for the elderly man and that Dorissaint had stolen her identity in the past. Dorissaint was convicted in early 2013 on forgery, credit card theft and larceny charges.
Police contacted Dorissaint, who told them that she had used her sister's identity to obtain the health care job, according to police reports. Police said Dorissaint admitted to opening five credit cards in the elderly man's name, which she used for gas, food, online shopping and entertainment.
A warrant was issued for her arrest, and she turned herself in Thursday. Norwalk police said that Stamford police are also investigating Dorissaint for similar crimes.