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Brandon woman cited in identity theft case

BRIDPORT On April 21, Vermont State Police Senior Trooper Andrew Leise received an identity theft complaint from a Bridport resident. The complainant reported that someone opened up a Capital One credit card account in her name and had made numerous purchases using the card to include groceries and gasoline. The victim was not aware of this until the credit card company had contacted her about late fees on the opened account. While speaking with the complainant, Leise learned from the victim that the credit card statements were being sent to an address in Brandon. Investigation into the incident revealed that Della M. Brouillard of Brandon had opened up a Capital One credit card account in the complainants name without her knowledge. Further investigation revealed that Brouillard had memorized the victims social security number and went to Capital Ones online web site with the number. Brouillard then proceeded to apply for the credit card. The credit card application was approved by Capital One and then mailed to Brouillards residence in the Town of Brandon. The name assigned to the credit card was the victims. Brouillard admitted to making multiple charges with the card without the knowledge of the victim. Brouillard was subsequently charged with Identity Theft and False Pretenses and will be required to appear in Addison County District Court to answer to those charges. Vermont State Police warn citizens to keep their social security numbers and other personal information secure to avoid identity theft.

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