A 20-year-old Grand Island woman has admitted to stealing her grandmother’s identity to finance a nearly $25,000 spending spree using credit cards, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday.
Kali Zelakiewicz, of East River Road, is accused of opening charge cards using her grandmother’s personal information to pay off debts, put a $6,500 down payment on a car and make other purchases, sheriff’s officials said.
The grandmother, who also lives on East River Road, called authorities late last month after discovering the fraud, and Deputy Angela Kopacz interviewed her. The grandmother, whose identity was withheld, told Kopacz that Zelakiewicz opened two credit cards using her name and personal information without her knowledge or permission and used them to run up bills approaching $25,000.
The deputy forwarded the case to Detective Brian O’Hara, and Zelakiewicz confessed to him, according to officials. The granddaughter also admitted to taking her grandmother’s name off her car insurance and putting the car in her name, O’Hara said.
Zelakiewicz has been charged with identity theft and grand larceny and is scheduled to appear in Grand Island Town Court on Oct. 31.