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Carbon woman charged with identity theft, fraud to feed drug habit

Published November 30. 2019 06:25AM

A woman has been charged with criminal conspiracy as part of a ploy to help feed her and her then-boyfriend’s drug habits.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Detective Kevin Buck of the Palmerton Borough Police Department:

Police learned numerous transactions were made using H&R Block Emerald Prepaid MasterCard, culminating in a total loss of $1,123.

Through the investigation, it was found that four Western Union money transfers were done from the card to Tammy Jankowski, 40.

Several account-to- account transfers were made through PayPal, with the money transferred from the card’s account to an account listed under Tammy Jankowski.

On Oct. 7, Buck interviewed Jankowski at Berks County Prison. She said that she and her then boyfriend were suffering from a bad drug problem.

Jankowski said that they had access to someone’s information and would repeatedly take money from him.

Jankowski said that sometimes Western Union would contact them to verify it was a legitimate transaction, and her boyfriend would take the phone, pretending to be the other person and authorize the transfer.

Jankowski said with the Western Union transactions they would retrieve the money at Rite Aid in Palmerton and on the account to account transactions she could access the money through an ATM anywhere.

Jankowski faces charges of access device fraud; identity theft; theft by unlawful taking; receiving stolen property; and four counts of criminal conspiracy.

She is currently incarcerated in Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1,000 percentage, and is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 20.

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