Woman in prison for identity theft

JUNEAU | A 42-year-old woman was sentenced to four years in the state prison system Tuesday after being convicted of taking another woman’s purse and using her identification while running to another state.

Sarah E. Wittrock, Taycheedah Correctional Institution, pleaded guilty to identity theft for financial gain. Charges of theft of moveable property under $2,500, impersonating a peace officer and resisting or obstructing an officer were dismissed but read into the record.

Judge Joseph Sciascia ordered 48 months in the state prison system, broken into 24 months of initial confinement and 24 months of extended supervision, consecutive to any previously imposed sentence.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were called on May 18, 2010, at 5:10 p.m., for a woman reporting her purse had been stolen from her unlocked vehicle while she was at a day care in Beaver Dam. A suspicious woman had been seen in the area, but was no longer there. At 10:15 p.m. that night, the woman’s husband met with officers at the police station, telling them that he had received a call from a woman claiming to be a Beaver Dam police officer who said that they had found his wife’s purse. Officers later confirmed that the purse had not been found, and the woman was not a police officer.

The complaint states that on May 19, a woman called the officer, claiming to be the victim and stating that her purse had been found. Officers confirmed that the victim had not actually called them and the purse was still missing. The purse was later found by a city worker. Some checks and other items were missing. Someone attempted to use the ATM card at Horicon Bank in Horicon and police were able to obtain video footage of the person, later identified as Wittrock.

According to the complaint, Beaver Dam detectives received a call on May 17, 2011, from an officer in South Bend, Ind., who had arrested Wittrock the prior evening. The officer told detectives that Wittrock had attempted to offer him the identification of the victim, insisting that she wasn’t Wittrock. Eventually she admitted that she had taken the victim’s purse, because getting a fake identification was expensive and she no longer wanted to serve her probation in Wisconsin. She said she had attempted to be transferred, but had been denied.

The complaint states that she admitted to making phone calls to both the victim and the police, as well as sending text messages to her family and friends pretending to be someone else. she said she told them that she was in a vehicle crash and had died so that no one would look for her. She said she attempted to get a car, a loan and unemployment using the victim’s name. She said that she altered the Social Security number so that the victim wouldn’t have to pay taxes on the money that Wittrock made working using the other woman’s identification. She ultimately admitted to numerous identity thefts in four states.

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