Woman Arrested for Identity Theft While Temping for Doctor's Office

Chandra Johnson Greene reports

Stamford police arrested a 42-year-old Mount Vernon, NY, woman Monday afternoon for making fraudulent charges to credit cards she had access to while doing temp work for a Stamford-based doctor’s office.

According to Sgt. Robert Shawinsky, Melba Witter of 461 South 3rd Ave. was employed by Staff Providers, a Wilton-based staffing agency, to work at the office of Dr. Leslie Coleman at 144 Morgan Street in Stamford. While the manager was out of the office, Shawinsky said that Witter collected co-pays from patients, which she was unauthorized to do.

For the patients that were paying with credit cards, Witter told them that she did not know how to operate the credit card machine, so she made print copies of each credit card and told them that the payments would be processed by the office manager.

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