Columbia, SC asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for South Carolina

Q: Personal care worker stole my dad's bank info and opened a Paypal acct in her name. Is this identity theft?

PayPal verified my dad's acct by debiting .25 and then crediting the acct with .20 and then .05. I was quick to catch this bcuz as his POA I monitor the acct and he's been asking me to see if his stimulus check has been deposited. Although the money was taken out and put back in would the fact that she was successful in creating an acct with his bank info still be a crime? Dad is diagnosed with dementia and receives care from DSS Waiver Services through Community Long Term Care

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Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Summerville, SC
  • Licensed in South Carolina

A: Assuming that this occurred in South Carolina i would recommend that you reach out to your local law enforcement agency and file a report. This could certainty be considered breach of trust or even possibly exploitation of a vulnerable adult. A law enforcement agency would need to investigate to determine if they are able to prove who attempted to access his funds.

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