An Orlando woman who allegedly stole more than $17,000 from a 96-year-old Deltona woman and made a down payment on a Lexus SUV was arrested Wednesday, according to a report from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
Samara L. McCastler, 35, is charged with an organized scheme to defraud, grand theft and fraudulent use of a credit card, said sheriff’s office spokesman Andrew Gant.
Deputies learned of the case at the end of May after a caregiver reported unauthorized charges on the victim’s bank account, the report said.
The victim got a phone call on May 26 from a woman claiming to be with Wells Fargo. The caller said the victim would receive a new debit card and to put her current card in her mailbox. The victim did and also gave her PIN number and last four digits of her Social Security number, Gant said.
Upon discovery, the victim’s caregiver froze the account and deactivated the debit card, which led to another phone call to the victim by an unknown woman on May 31. The caller identified herself as “Ella Wilson” and asked what happened to the debit card. The victim replied, “You have my debit card and took my money!” and then hung up, according to the report.
McCastler racked up thousands of dollars of purchases at Walmart stores, including buying Visa gift cards and money orders. She also made a down payment on a 2006 Lexus SUV, which cost $11,999, the report said.
Deputies identified McCastler by tracing her transactions and using store surveillance video. She was arrested Wednesday afternoon and is being held in the Orange County Jail on a $125,000…
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