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Pittsboro woman charged with ID theft

Posted Tuesday, August 11, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - A Pittsboro woman was arrested by the Chatham County Sheriff's Office for using the identity of a Chapel Hill woman to obtain money from her bank account.

Nicole Schaafsma, 26, of 305 Honeysuckle Drive, is scheduled to appear in Chatham County District Court in Pittsboro on Aug. 17 to face felony charges in the case.

The arrest was a result of an investigation conducted by Sheriff's Deputy Charles Taylor. The State Employee Credit Union notified the Sheriff's Office that one of its customers, Valerie Fayer of Chapel Hill, advised them that someone removed money from her account without her permission.

After Taylor and bank officials looked at the surveillance video, they were able to determine that an acquaintance of Fayer was the suspect and falsified information to the bank to collect a total of $330 over a three-day period.

On Friday, Taylor arrested and charged Schaafsma with three counts of felonious financial identity theft, three counts of felonious forgery and uttering and three counts of felonious obtaining property by false pretenses. She was jailed under an $8,000 secured bond.

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