Three arrested for theft
Three people face theft and related charges for stealing more than $25,000 from an Allentown woman.
Tammy Pedraza, 51, and Olivia Pedraza, 23, both of Catasauqua; and Niko Pedraza, 27, of Coopersburg, are charged with one count each of theft by deception, receiving stolen property, access device fraud and conspiracy. All charges are felonies of the third degree.
Allentown police received a fraud report from an employee at a senior living facility Aug. 27, 2019, and discovered an 80-year-old woman was the victim of 470 fraudulent transactions totaling more than $25,800 through a debit/credit card. The woman told police she did not give the Pedrazas permission to use her bank account information or her bank card.
Pedrazas allegedly used the victim’s credit/debit card to make purchases online or over the phone. The purchases included numerous food deliveries, a gym membership, student loan payment and other expenses.