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Walnutport woman accused of taking neighbor's money

Published February 01. 2014 09:00AM

Elizabeth Mullins-Motel, 40, of the 300 block of Washington Street, Walnutport is accused of wiring herself money via Western Union from her neighbor's bank account.

Walnutport police reported that Mullins-Motel had a key to the victim's home and took two Apple iPads that contained sensitive bank information. The victims reported the incident to police Dec. 17, 2013 after noticing a suspicious Western Union charge on their bank statement.

The victims told police about the suspect's key, so police interviewed Mullins-Motel on Dec. 18. She told police she picked up a $200 Western Union transaction, but had no idea who sent the money to her.

Police contacted Western Union and learned that Mullins-Motel wired the money order from the victims' bank account. Police say the 40-year-old attempted to pay her $895 cell phone bill using the account as well.

On Jan. 24, Mullins-Motel confessed about the thefts during an interview with police.

Mullins-Motel was arraigned before District Judge Robert Hawke on charges of access device fraud, theft, receiving stolen property, criminal attempted access device fraud and writing bad checks. She was released in lieu of $15,000 unsecured bail.

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