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Woman investigated in scam cases
A North Stafford woman—already facing charges in two separate cases involving ripping off elderly people she was supposed to be caring for—is under investigation in a third case, court records show.
Terry Lynn Hunter, 43, is accused of raiding the accounts of people for whom she provided home health care services and using the money to pay for legal services and personal items from online businesses. She is also accused of identity theft.
Among the charges against her are multiple counts of forgery, larceny, credit card fraud and obtaining money by false pretenses.
According to an affidavit for a search warrant filed in Stafford County Circuit Court by Detective Christine Hammond, the latest investigation began on Dec. 30 when the Sheriff’s Office received a call about fraudulent activity on a Wells Fargo account belonging to an elderly Stafford woman Hunter worked for.
The investigation revealed that Hunter obtained the elderly woman’s bank card number and had stolen checks while working in her home starting in early November.
Police reviewed taped calls Hunter made from the Rappahannock Regional Jail and learned that on Dec. 18, Hunter had given her daughter the elderly victim’s credit card information and directed her daughter to make an $800 payment to the law firm, Spencer and Mayoras.
Hunter also asked her daughter to check the status of items she had purchased online from Walmart and other businesses using the same card.
Police checked with the law firm and was told that someone who identified herself as the credit card owner had made an $800 payment on Hunter’s behalf, the affidavit states. The affidavit also states that Hunter talked about checks written on the elderly woman’s account.
Hammond wrote that a copy of the victim’s credit report obtained on Jan. 8 showed that several fraudulent credit card accounts had been opened using her the victim’s personal information, the first of which was opened on Nov. 2—the first day Hunter provided care for the woman.
The credit report also showed that the woman’s address had been changed to the same North Carolina address Hunter’s daughter had provided when setting up a visitation account at the jail where Hunter is incarcerated.
The search warrant allows police to search Hunter’s home at 5 Sunnyside Drive in North Stafford to search for any evidence of fraudulent activity.
Hunter is also facing a Feb. 26 trial on charges associated with another woman in her 80s whom Hunter was caring for in an assisted-living facility.
Hunter has been in jail since December, when Stafford prosecutor George Elsasser complained that her repeated switching of attorneys was a stall tactic.
On Jan. 10, more charges against Hunter were sent to a Stafford grand jury after she waived a preliminary hearing. Some of the money taken from that victim was used to pay another of Hunter’s attorneys, Anthony Williams, court records show.
Hunter had an embezzlement conviction in North Carolina prior to her Stafford troubles, according to court records.
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