Authorities say a Milwaukee woman stole another woman's debit card and was able to steal almost $36,000 from her account. A report says the man who holds a power of attorney for the victim reported an incorrect address change request and discovered over 100 unauthorized transactions on the account. Police say they used surveillance footage from multiple locations to identify the woman.
Police didn't indicate how the woman supposedly got the debit card, but they say she admitted to the crime. If the woman did admit to the crime and she is convicted in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, she could face many years in prison and a large fine for this felony charge. Because of the severity of felony charges, it might be wise to speak with a criminal defense attorney if someone finds themselves in this situation.
When a person admits to a crime, it might hurt their case. It is important for people to understand their rights when they are arrested and try not to make any incriminating statements to police. Speaking with a criminal defense attorney before admitting to a felony or any other crime might be a wise idea.
They can help explain to the accused person what an admission of guilt might mean for them, as well as the legal process. Everyone who is arrested maintains certain rights. If any of these rights are violated or if a person is coerced into providing an admission, the charges against them might be dropped or reduced.
Source: Patch, "Woman Admits Stealing Nearly $36K From Tosa Victim's Bank Account," Joe Petrie, June 21, 2012