UPDATE: Denise Dallas, who officials called Isabelle Dallas, has been taken into custody. All three suspects have now been arrested.
PREVIOUS STORY: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Music teacher Eileen Mattioli is constantly hounded by creditors wanting to know if she plans to pay. “I’m 74 and this put my whole life at a standstill,” Mattioli said.
Police believe three women stole her identity. “They tried to open women’s accounts, like Victoria’s Secret, and they got into bank accounts, put them in my name. But the IRS was the worst,” Mattioli explained.
St. Petersburg investigators Denise Dallas headed up the scheme, stealing credit card information from her employer to pay for utilities and cable TV at the house she shares with her daughter, Jessica Dallas.
“What we found is … 18 different credit card numbers were used to pay or attempt to pay the monthly water bills since November. And that led us to discovering where the information was compromised from,” Detective Kevin Smith said.
Smith said the suspects even used a stolen card to buy food for Jessica’s boyfriend, an inmate at the Pinellas County Jail.
Chantelle Jones is also accused in the scheme. Police believe she opened Fifth Third Bank accounts in other people’s names. She then rented furniture and went on a spending spree at CVS, Wawa and Winn-Dixie, police said.
Meanwhile, Mattioli is still trying to recover her good name after Jones’ alleged escapade.
She has a message for her tormentors and others contemplating identity theft.
“I would say, don’t do this again to anybody because your life is gonna be in jeopardy with the jail house,” Mattioli said.
Jones and Jessica Dallas have been arrested and charged. Police are searching for Denise Dallas.