Police: West Wareham woman used stolen credit cards, checks to take thousands of dollars from victims
Wareham Police Detectives arrested a West Wareham woman on Friday, Feb. 15 after she allegedly used stolen credit cards and checks to take thousands of dollars from multiple victims.
Lauren Narhuminti, 23, has been charged with larceny over $1,200 by single scheme, receiving stolen property under $1,200, uttering a false check (four counts) and receiving a stolen credit card.
Police said they were first alerted to the scheme on Wednesday, Feb. 6, when a Wareham resident contacted the department to say she had not received new checks that she had ordered.
According to reports, the woman’s bank had sent the checks and advised her that two of them had already been cashed.
Wareham Police Detectives began working with bank investigators and found that the bank in question continued to receive stolen checks which were reportedly made out to Narhuminti.
Police said the investigation widened when more checks from a local business were discovered, also made out to Narhuminti through a separate bank. Police did not disclose the name of this business.
Then, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, Wareham Police said they received a call from T.J. Maxx regarding a wallet found in the store.
Officer Richard Robidoux responded and noted that the wallet contained checks from numerous banks and multiple credit cards with different names on them. Several of the checks were determined to be from the original victim and business, police said.
All of the credit card holders were reportedly contacted by police who said over $2,000 had been stolen from a single victim.
According to reports, detectives then determined that the owner of the lost wallet was also Narhuminti.
On Friday, Feb. 15, Wareham Police Detectives located Narhuminti around 11 a.m. in the area of 191 Main St. She was placed under arrest and taken to Wareham District Court for arraignment after processing.