Woman arrested for stealing in-laws’ IDs in mortgage scam

by Ryan Smith05 Feb 2018
Well, this is going to make next Thanksgiving awkward. A California woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing the identities of her elderly in-laws to take out a $625,000 mortgage.

Laurie Wider Uesugi, 45, has been charged with 12 felonies, including grand theft, theft from an elder, use of a counterfeit seal, and mortgage fraud, according to a report by The Whittier Daily News.

“It is alleged that in late 2015, Laurie Uesugi used the identities of her 80-year-old father-in-law and 78-year-old mother-in-law, and applied for a $625,000 mortgage in their names in order to purchase a house in La Habra Heights,” Sgt. Alex Gilinets of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

According to the Daily News, Uesugi allegedly told the mortgage lender that her in-laws were in Japan. She provided phone numbers and contact email addresses for them – but those phone numbers and email accounts were actually ones that she controlled herself.

“Uesugi also forged the elderly couple’s signatures on power-of-attorney documents, which allowed her to sign the loan documents on her behalf,” Gilinets said.

Uesugi also allegedly convinced a friend to provide the $170,000 down payment as an “investment,” the Daily News reported.

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