Archive for Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Bank employee, police nab female suspect in identity theft case

June 12, 2002

Police said Elizabeth Hachinsky nearly missed her appointment at First State Bank and Trust in Basehor.

Today, she probably wishes she had.

Hachinsky, 41, De Soto, was arrested for identity theft Wednesday, June 5, by an undercover officer from the Basehor Police Department.

She has been charged in Leavenworth County District Court with identity theft, forgery and attempted felony theft.

Hachinsky allegedly took the personal information of Jennifer Fleming, a woman Hachinsky worked with at Koss Construction, and used it to fill out a loan application for a car, worth approximately $22,500, according to the charges.

Fleming said she could not comment on the case because it was ongoing.

The deception of Hachinsky might have worked if it wasn't for First State Bank and Trust personal banker Helen Scott.

Scott was working with Hachinsky on the loan when she learned that the woman was using someone else's identity.

Scott said she was trying to confirm Hachinsky's loan information and reached the real Fleming in the process.

"The voice (on the telephone) was different and that's when I said we might have a problem," Scott said.

Scott notified the police of the alleged identity theft.

"She informed us that this individual was trying to get a car loan," Officer Jason Slaughter said. "We told her to get the loan and the check ready."

Hachinsky, posing as Fleming, was scheduled for an appointment at the bank Wednesday afternoon.

She had called the bank several times throughout the day saying she was running late. Scott told her she would wait and just before 5 p.m., Hachinsky arrived.

"I acted like everything was fine," Scott said. "We did not want to alert her that we were suspicious in any way."

Slaughter was dressed in plain clothes and posing inside the bank as a customer when Hachinsky received the check.

She was walking toward the exit when the officer approached her.

"Once she accepted the check, she started walking to the exit door and that's when I stopped her," Slaughter said.

Basehor Police Chief Vince Weston said the actions of Scott were invaluable in the case.

Scott said she was just doing her job.

"We are in the business of protecting our customers," she said.

Hachinsky's deception didn't end with accepting the bank check.

Police said she refused to cooperate and would not identify her vehicle in the bank's parking lot. However, police eventually identified her car as a red two-door Mitsubishi.

The woman was arrested and taken to the Leavenworth County Jail. She made her first court appearance Friday, June 7, without an attorney.

The next day, Hachinsky was transferred to the Wyandotte County Jail, where she had an outstanding warrant for allegedly passing a bad check, officials said.

She has since been released on bond.

Hachinsky's next appearance in Leavenworth County District Court is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12.

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