Daytona Beach, FL – A 27-year-old woman is charged with one count of grand theft of a victim over 65 and one count of criminal use of personal identification information of a victim over 60. Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents arrested Chalsey O’Brien yesterday (October 16).
FDLE got involved in May 2019 when the Office of the Attorney General asked for assistance. A family member of the victim contacted the Office regarding the possible exploitation of an elderly person.
In 2018, the investigation found that O’Brien met the victim at a club where she was working as a dancer. She moved in with him and beginning in September 2018, withdrew money from his checking account and making unauthorized transfers, reaching a total of $38,448.80 by May 2019. Investigators say that she got the money by using the debit card assigned to the checking account. O’Brien also used the victim’s personal information to purchase $12,951.94 in online merchandise.
Further investigation found that O’Brien did all this without the victim’s permission. O’Brien benefited from the merchandise, which she sold for cash. She also made money transfers from the victim’s money market account to his checking account, which she did by phone so that he wouldn’t discover the theft. O’Brien did all this while continuing to make money from the victim.
O’Brien is in the Volusia County Jail being held on a $200,000 bond.