Elderly Lake Tahoe woman bilked out of more than $6,500, authorities say | SierraSun.com

Elderly Lake Tahoe woman bilked out of more than $6,500, authorities say

Staff report

Christen Ashlee Chamberlin

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Washoe County Sheriff's Office deputies last week arrested Christen Ashlee Chamberlin, 20, of Carson City on multiple charges related to fraudulently cashing more than a dozen checks belonging to an elderly Incline Village woman.

Investigators said during a time when Chamberlin worked as a caregiver for the victim, she fraudulently cashed 15 checks from the victim's bank account. The total amount of money Chamberlin obtained was estimated at just more than $6,500.

The fraud was discovered after the victim noticed discrepancies with her account. The victim notified the Sheriff's Office and Chamberlin's employer, according to a WCSO statement.

Chamberlin was arrested Feb. 25. She faces multiple charges, including Exploitation of an Older/Vulnerable Person, Forgery, Intent to Utter a Fictitious Bill/Note/Check, and Larceny less than $3,500 from a Person 60 or Older.

She's since been released from jail, here her bail was $50,000.

"This arrest sends a message that the Sheriff's Office is determined to bring justice to those who would victimize the vulnerable in our community," Sheriff Chuck Allen said in a statement. "I commend the victim for having the courage to come forward, congratulate our Deputies for a successful investigation, and encourage anyone who is concerned about the safety and security of an elderly person to notify law enforcement immediately."

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In November, detectives arrested Brian Oliver Dare of Reno for altering and cashing the check of an elderly Reno woman. Dare is currently in the Washoe County Detention Facility awaiting trial.