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Franklin Twp. kennel owner charged with identity theft

Published April 13. 2011 05:00PM

More charges have come forward against a Franklin Township kennel owner already incarcerated for purchasing dogs using an alias name and not paying for them.

Patricia E. Gadaleta, 52, of 974 Pohopoco Drive, Lehighton, has been charged with one count each of identity theft, theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, receiving stolen property, and two counts of forgery.

Gadaleta was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton this morning.

The owner of Musket Labradors, Gadaleta is currently incarcerated in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $30,000, 10-percent bail.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Franklin Township Police Chief Thomas Beltz:

On March 26, 2010, Beltz received a letter from Dennis P. Vasey concerning a complaint filed to his agency in Florida from Patricia A. Gadaleta involving an identity theft incident, according to the affidavit.

At about 1:58 p.m. that day, Beltz received a telephone call from Patricia A. Gadaleta from Florida, the affidavit says. Patricia A. Gadaleta from Florida attempted to purchase a new car. At that time, she learned her identity had already been used to purchase a vehicle. Patricia A. Gadaleta did not purchase the vehicle listed to her.

During the course of the investigation, Beltz said he learned that in Sept. 2009, Patricia E. Gadaleta, who resides at 974 Pohopoco Drive, in Lehighton, purchased a vehicle, a 2005 Buick bearing vehicle identification number 5GADX33L15D229244 in the name of Patricia A. Gadaleta.

On Sept. 22 of that year, a note of security agreement from Wells Fargo Bank was signed by Patricia Gadaleta. The borrower was identified as Patricia A. Gadaleta, 974 Pohopoco Drive, Lehighton, Pa. 18235. Patricia A. Gadaleta resides in Florida, and she was not the person receiving the note of security agreement. Patricia E. Gadaleta, 974 Pohopoco Drive, Lehighton, was the person receiving the note and she was the person benefiting from the note and sale of the vehicle.

On Sept. , Patricia E. Gadaleta applied for an application for a duplicate title with the state Department of Transportation. Under the owner section the owner name was listed as shown on the original title as Patricia A. Gadaleta. Written over the middle initial of A. was the letter E., in an attempt to change the name from Patricia A. Gadaleta to the name of Patricia E. Gadaleta.

During the course of investigation, Patricia A. Gadaleta learned Patricia E. Gadaleta has been using her social security number to procure loans from pay day. Those loans have not been authorized by Patricia A. Gadaleta, nor did Patricia A. Gadaleta ever give permission to Patricia E. Gadaleta to use, sign or in any way permit her authorization to use her identity.

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