Yet more charges have been filed against a Franklin Township kennel owner already incarcerated for purchasing dogs using an alias name and not paying for them.
This time, Patricia E Gadaleta, 52, of 974 Pohopoco Drive, Lehighton, faces six counts of identity theft, as well as one count each of theft by deception, receiving stolen property, forgery, and access device fraud.
Gadaleta was arraigned via video conference on Tuesday by District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton. She has been recommitted to Carbon County Prison in lieu of $10,000, 10-percent bail.
She is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on the charges before Appleton at 10 a.m. Oct. 19.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Nicolas De La Iglesia:
Gadaleta utilized fraudulent information to open a Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union Account in the alias name of El Pat Gadaleta, according to the affidavit.
The date of birth, PA driver's license number, and social security number were not those of the defendant, the affidavit says.
The social security number utilized to obtain this account is assigned to the defendant's sister, Elaine Bienkiakowski, who did not give Gadaleta permission to utilize her identifying information.
The driver's license number utilized to obtain this account is assigned to Angela Kassahun. Gadaleta did utter this typed information onto a PSECU General Membership Application, to fraudulently obtain this account.
The PSECU issued an access device, which corresponded with the fraudulently obtained account. The defendant utilized this access device to obtain items from various stores, with the knowledge that the access device is unauthorized by the issuer since the account was obtained with fraudulent information.
Between July 4, 2010 and July 14, 2010, there were three ATM deposits totaling $3,478 into the account. A $2,500 item from the First Commonwealth FCU account of Anthony Gadaleta, payable to cash, was returned "stop payment;" a $900 item from an unidentified Sovereign Bank account made payable to the member, returned "unable to locate", and a $78 deposited item from the defendant's JP Morgan Chase account, payable to the member, returned "closed account."
Between July 4, 2010, and July 14, 2010, there were three ATM disbursements totaling $313 eight POS transactions totaling $313.75; five check transactions totaling $3,154.78; one draft totaling $43; and $12 in fees withdrawn before PSECU became aware of the fraudulent deposits. Available funds and one $79 payment were applied, leaving a negative balance of $1,807.95.
The PSECU communicated with Gadaleta in an attempt to collect the $1,807.95. Gadaleta did not make any payments on this debt.
Gadaleta also opened several other accounts utilizing fraudulent information.
The account was fraudulently opened by Gadaleta utilizing her husband's name, Anthony Gadaleta, whose correct date of birth, social security number, and address were utilized to open this account. However, a fraudulent PA driver's license number was utilized. Anthony Gadaleta was interviewed concerning this account, and he related that he did not open the account, and did not give Patricia Gadaleta permission to utilize his identifying information to open this account.
The account was fraudulently opened by Patricia Gadaleta utilizing the name of Kostyantyn Koshel, whom Gadaleta is familiar with, and would be aware that Koshel is not a resident of the United States.
The PSECU account was fraudulently opened by Patricia Gadaleta utilizing the name of Patrice Breanna Godaltz. Further, Patricia Gadaleta utilized the PA driver's license number of Gregory McCauely to obtain this account.
The account was fraudulently opened by Patricia Gadaleta utilizing the name of Patrice Teresa Godaltz. Further, Patricia Gadaleta utilized the PA driver's license number of Raymond Kuhar, Jr. to obtain this account.