Police: Smyrna woman took elderly victim for more than $8,000

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMay 22, 2013 

— A Smyrna woman is in jail facing more than 40 forgery and financial card theft charges after police say she made fraudulent credit card transactions and stole checks from an elderly woman she took care of for at least six months.

The victim, who is in her late 80s, first reported the forgery after discovering that stole three of her checks had been stolen and her name had been forged, funneling about $1,600 from her bank account, said York Police Detective Mike Clark.

The victim also told police she received an American Express credit card bill showing several transactions totaling at least $7,000 that she hadn’t made, Clark said.

Officers spoke with the caregiver, who told police she had completed the transactions, he said.

Nikki Flynn Fleming, 38, is charged with 37 counts of financial transaction card fraud equaling less than $500, three counts of forgery and two counts of financial transaction car fraud valuing more than $500 in a six-month period.

Clark was unsure of the extent of Fleming’s relationship with the woman, but he said that they had known each other for at least six months after the victim’s nephew introduced them.

“Obviously, she trusted her,” he said, adding that the caregiver had access to the woman’s house and often helped her out in an informal capacity.

She is held at the York County Detention Center on a bond of more than $48,000.

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