Lethbridge woman charged with fraudulent vehicle purchase

Lethbridge Police have charged a 28-year-old woman after another woman’s identity was used to fraudulently purchase a vehicle.

On January 4, 2018 a patrol officer located a stolen license plate on a Jeep parked in the lot of a hotel along the 1000 block of Mayor Magrath Drive. Following further investigation and the search of a hotel room, police recovered identity documents belonging to four people as well as stolen credit and debit cards. The investigation also determined a local woman’s identity had been used to obtain a loan and purchase the $40,000 Jeep out of Edmonton. A 28-year-old woman was subsequently arrested a without incident and is facing multiple charges.

Samantha Joy Ellison, 28, of Lethbridge, is charged with:
Fraud over $5,000
Possession of the proceeds of crime over $5,000
Uttering a forged document
2x Possession of stolen property under $5,000
Identity fraud
4x Possession of identity information
4x Possession of identity documents
4x Possession of a stolen credit card
3x breach of a recognizance

Ellison made her first court appearance Friday.