Urbana woman charged with aggravated ID theft

Urbana woman charged with aggravated ID theft

URBANA — An Urbana woman who allegedly stole the identity of an elderly Champaign County Nursing Home resident to pay two bills has been charged with aggravated financial identity theft.

Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Ed Ogle said Sharese L. Brass, 41, who listed an address in the 1300 block of East Harding Drive, allegedly used the identity of a 99-year-old resident to pay her own rent and a cellphone bill on two dates in May.

Ogle said in February, Brass was employed as a licensed practical nurse at the nursing home and allegedly stole a check from a reception desk that the victim's daughter had written to the nursing home.

Brass then allegedly used the account number from the check to access the woman's bank account.

When it came to the attention of the daughter that the payment had not been received, she stopped payment on it. However, in May, the daughter discovered that her mother's bank account was overdrawn due to a $1,382 payment to an agency for rent and a $324 payment for a cellphone account, Ogle said.

Ogle said the case was investigated by patrol deputy Carey Schalber, who linked Brass to the theft. She no longer works at the nursing home, Ogle said.

She was arrested Monday and gave deputies a statement about what she had done.

Aggravated financial identity theft is a Class 2 felony carrying penalties ranging from probation to seven years in prison upon conviction.

Judge Richard Klaus allowed Brass to be released on her own recognizance and told her to be back in court June 19 with her own attorney.

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Heather J. wrote on June 05, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Preying on the elderly is such a deplorable thing to do. If these allegations are true then SHAME ON HER! I know people get desperate, but it's never an excuse to steal from others. I hope the victim gets restitution. 

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on June 06, 2012 at 4:06 am
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I think it's weird that people still write checks -- a negotiable instrument, easily transferred, that has all of your information printed on it.


And if you get them from your bank, you're probably paying about  $.37 for each one of them. Then if you snail mail it, you've paid almost a dollar.