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Stupid Case File for May 14, 2006

Sir, I Think There Is a Common Factor To These Stolen Cards ...

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A woman stole her employer's credit cards and identity to steal more than $12,000, some of which went for breast enlargement surgery, police allege.

Jerri Ann Cozza, 35, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on Monday for investigation of 27 counts of first-degree identity theft, 26 counts of forgery and three counts of second-degree theft.

While working for Liberty Lake Medical Supply last year, Cozza stole her boss's identity, money, credit cards and a payroll check, court documents allege.

Cozza misappropriated $12,734 for breast implants, repairs to her Dodge Durango, new furniture, telephone bills and a variety of other purchases, Liberty Lake police Officer Erin Lance alleged in a report.

Cozza's surgery occurred about the time Christy and Daniel Chamberlain, owners of the medical supply company, noticed office supplies and petty cash were disappearing, Lance wrote.

One of the Chamberlains' credit cards were used to charge $5,136 worth of breast implant surgery. The total came to $8,433 because 19.9 percent interest was added to the unpaid balance, Lance reported.

Cozza told Christy Chamberlain the breast surgery was being covered by insurance because one of her breasts had to be removed because of cancer, the police report said. But the Chamberlains later discovered there was nothing medically wrong with Cozza's breasts and the surgery was for cosmetic implants.

Unaware they had paid for Cozza's surgery, the Chamberlains went to her home on Dec. 15 to fire her for the other alleged thefts. They sat on new furniture bought with one of their credit cards, according to Lance's report.

Two weeks later, someone using Cozza's address applied for credit cards under Christy Chamberlain's name, court records indicate.


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