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July 11, 2013

Police file charges in 6-year ID theft

One Gloucester woman’s battle with identity fraud could soon come to a close after police arrested the woman whom they believe has used the Gloucester woman’s name and social security number as her own since 2006.

Concepcion Cabrera, a 48-year-old Andover woman, has allegedly answered to the name of a stolen identity for about seven years, according to police. The top of her cell phone bill lists an alias, but she applied to the housekeeping job at La Quinta Inn in Andover and worked there under the stolen identity in a move that ultimately tipped off the victim. The Gloucester woman is not being identified.

“(The victim) has never worked for this company,” Gloucester Detective Thomas Quinn wrote in his report.

Gloucester District Court Judge Joseph Jennings ordered Cabrera held without bail after her arraignment Wednesday on the charges of identity fraud and being a fugitive from justice. Cabrera had admitted to police during an interview that she opened a credit card in the Gloucester woman’s name and never paid the bill. But she has also allegedly worked at four different companies since 2006, using the victim’s name as her own in landing and working each job.

Jennings listed the reasons for holding Cabrera in a court document, pointing to the nature of the offenses and the circumstances, the potential penalty she faces and her fraudulent use of an alias or false identification. He also noted that Cabrera is a fugitive from justice in New Hampshire.

Records show that Cabrera is also a wanted person in New Hampshire due to a charge of check forgery from back in 1992. She was found guilty of cashing $300 on a stolen check that she wrote to herself and signed with the owner’s name. Cabrera failed to pay a balance of $61 on restitution for the charge even after serving 60 days of a 12-month sentence for the crime. She also failed to appear in a New Hampshire court for a hearing in October 2003.

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