Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:27 AM
Updated: Jan 30, 2013 12:12 PM
WESLACO - A 25-year-old home health care provider is accused of using a client's personal information to open credit accounts and buy three vehicles.
Federico Andrade Cabrieles appeared before a judge yesterday and was formally charged with credit card abuse and false statement to obtain property/credit. His bonds total $30,000.
Weslaco investigators said the victims were an elderly man and woman. The crime started in June and continued until December. We're told Cabrieles got the couple's personal information by stealing documents which had the information. Police said that information was used to open several lines of credit and purchase three vehicles at different car dealerships.
According to investigators, Cabrieles didn't work for a home health provider company. He was an individual who provided home health services and was paid cash.
Police advise seniors to run a credit check at least once a year and report any fraudulent activity to law enforcement immediately.
The Better Business Bureau of South Texas will be hosting a senior fraud seminar at the Knapp Medical Center Conference Center next week. It's scheduled for Thursday, February 7 from 9 a.m. to noon.