Investigators have arrested 36 year old Taneisha Zondra Howard of West Park who they say stole a doctor’s credit cards. Howard was taken into custody Friday after allegedly spending more than $4,400 and authorities are charging her with: four counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, grand theft, and burglary of an occupied business. Howard was being held without bond at the Paul Rein Detention Facility in Pompano Beach and her recent charges violate her probation in a grand theft case. Coral Springs police began their investigation after a woman (believed to be Howard) visited the office of Dr. Bridget Silva who was not a patient there, went past three doors to sneak into the doctor’s office and stole her wallet and personal items worth more than $1,100. Silva did not realize her wallet and cards had been stolen until she was told by her bank about suspicious purchases and realized someone was illegally using her debit cards. The tipster that reported Howard claimed that she has a history of doing acts like this one. After reading this story, do you feel you are more protected with a debit or credit card? Do you think that it is possible for a woman like Ms. Howard to bypass 3 doors without anyone noticing anything suspicious in the doctors office? For more information go to http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/crime/fl-doctor-debit-card-fraud-arrest-20110809,0,1730336.story.
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