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Pinellas woman accused of stealing from friends, using their credit cards and checks

NEW PORT RICHEY — At 3:30 a.m. she called and asked for money.

Rachael Fisk's 30-year-old friend told her no, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. It was Nov. 30, 2009. About 30 minutes after the phone call, Fisk showed up at the man's door, a report says. He owns a convenience store and had loaned her money in the past, the Sheriff's Office said.

Fisk rang the bell.

He told her to go away. She asked if she could just use the bathroom. He was "sleepy" the report states, so he let her in for a few minutes. Then she left.

Later that day, the man got a call from his credit card company alerting him of unusual activity — nearly $600 in a few hours.

He kept his credit cards in a bedroom dresser. He thought it could have been Fisk and called the Sheriff's Office.

Fisk was arrested Tuesday. Authorities say she's done this to friends two other times — stealing checks from a 73-year-old while he was in the hospital and taking checks from his neighbor — all while the neighbor hosted a fish fry.

In total, she has spent more than $2,000 from her friends' credit cards and checks at various grocery stores and gas stations, reports state.

One friend's bank account was overdrawn because of all the forged checks, authorities say. The report says Fisk also stole a friend's identification card, which she then used when forging the checks.

Fisk, 28, of 1416 Lonesome Pine Lane in Tarpon Springs, is charged with two counts of scheme to defraud, fraudulent use of credit cards, grand theft and three counts of violating her felony probation and failing to appear in court. Fisk is serving felony probation for uttering forged bills, grand theft and trafficking stolen property, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

As of Wednesday, she was being held without bail at the Pasco County jail.

She confessed to the thefts, according to the reports.

Erin Sullivan can be reached at esullivan@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6229.

Pinellas woman accused of stealing from friends, using their credit cards and checks 03/24/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 9:58pm]
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