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May 30, 2013

Woman accused in identity theft

NEW CASTLE — A woman professing to be a chiropractor is facing prosecution for the alleged credit card theft of $21,550.

New Castle police charged Brandi Zambelli, 36, of 174 Waugh Ave., New Wilmington, with four counts of access device misuse and one count each of identity theft, theft and receiving stolen property.

Zambelli allegedly obtained credit card information of a New Castle woman by befriending her, according to police.

The woman told police Zambelli was using her credit cards without permission and had opened new credit card accounts in her name without her knowledge.

Police reported the charges Zambelli allegedly had made spanned Feb. 1 through June 22, 2012.

The woman said Zambelli had stopped at her house and said she wanted to see the inside because her grandfather had built it.

She said she invited Zambelli in and told her about her health problems while they were talking. Zambelli said she is a chiropractor and could help her, the woman told police.

The woman said they became friends and Zambelli told her she could help her improve her credit by paying her utilities online with her credit cards. The woman gave Zambelli information from her two credit cards to pay them, she told police.

She claimed that after that, Zambelli used her other cards to make purchases and money transfers that she had not been authorized to do.

Some of the purchases included health and beauty care items the woman said Zambelli had offered for resale in her office.

A warrant has been issued for Zambelli’s arrest.

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