LANCASTER, Penn.– A former credit union employee has been charged with stealing funds from a family who considered her a friend and with fraudulently using the identity of their one-year-old son, according to police.
Elizabeth Oliver, 36, of Lancaster, was working at Lancaster County Red Rose Credit Union when she issued herself a credit card using the child's identity and took a cash advance of $14,514.60 in February 2013, Lancaster police said, according to ABC27.
Police further allege that in August 2016, Oliver created a fraudulent car loan for $26,169.66 using the wife as the borrower. The 2015 Ford Explorer assigned to the loan did not exist, and Oliver listed a vehicle identification number from a sedan the victims had previously financed through the credit union, ABC27 quoted a police report as stating.
According to police, funds from the car loan were used to pay off the fraudulent credit card as well as funds that Oliver had allegedly withdrawn from the victim's joint bank account. Police allege the car loan was paid monthly by Oliver, sometimes from her account and sometimes from the victim's accounts.
Victim Learns of Fraud
Oliver resigned from LCRRCU in June 2018 and stopped making loan payments in November of that year. “In December, the victim was denied a purchase using her credit union card and learned that the address on all her accounts had been changed to the address of the credit union,” ABC27 reported. “Because their address had been changed, police said the victims did not receive printed statements and the fraudulent activity that began in 2013 went undetected for more than five years.”
Oliver has been charged with money laundering, theft, identity theft, access device fraud, and tampering with records or identification.