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Angola woman faces identity theft charges

EVANS — On May 21 at around 11:46 a.m., a victim came to Evans Police Department to file a complaint of fraudulent use of a credit card belonging to her deceased father. The deceased died on March 29, 2019, but on April 1, 18 and 21, a Sears credit card under his name was used to deposit $235 in an Erie County Holding Center inmate’s name.

Per the victim, an “Access Secure Depot” informed her that Carolanne E. Constantino, 30, of Angola, allegedly provided the credit card information for the deposit of monies. Patrol attempted to contact the “Access Secure Depot,” but was put on hold indefinitely.

Patrol contacted Constantino and questioned her involvement with the Sears credit card. Constantino reportedly said she had permission from the deceased to use the card. The inmate involved, John L. Hageman Jr., 28, of Evans, was also interviewed, and stated he did receive the monies while incarcerated.

The victim filed a fraud claim with Sears credit, but is not sure if she will be responsible to pay the debt incurred. The victim plans to continue obtaining information from the “Access Secure Depot” and will provide any further information to the department.

On June 3 at roughly 2:02 p.m., the victim came back to the police department with additional credit card statements containing unauthorized use of the credit card. Patrol took statements and prepared charges for Town of Evans Court.

Constantino was arrested and charged with third-degree identity theft: assuming another’s identity to commit a crime and petit larceny. Hageman was arrested and charged with petit larceny.

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