Woman charged with fraud after creating counterfeit ID in Stuart

Woman charged with fraud after making charges on victim's cards in Stuart. (SPD)

Officers arrested a woman after she made fraud charges on other people's credit cards, and created a counterfeit Florida ID.

According to the Stuart Police Department, Vanessa Cortes, 35, of Miami created counterfeit cards with victim's info.

The Stuart Police Department responded to a Home Goods on Friday to investigate a wallet theft.

A victim reported while she shopped at Home Goods, Discover altered her that her credit card was being used in Jensen Beach at a Best Buy.

The victim told police that her wallet had been stolen from her purse, and it contained several credit cards, $600 in cash, and her driver's license.

SPD arrived at Best Buy attempting to locate Cortes, but no luck. SPD alerted the Martin County Sheriff's Office to help check businesses within their jurisdiction in hopes to find Cortes.

Police say they then arrived at a Target, and found Cortes in the electronics department. A MCSO deputy then escorted Cortes to the loss prevention office at Target.

Cortes immediately began to send several text messages with her cell phone, and officers believe Cortes warned an accomplice.

Police have not located the accomplice or stolen goods.

Nine credit cards belonging to the victim, along with a counterfeit Florida driver's license with the victims information were found in Cortes's possession.

Cortes is charged with four counts of grand theft, and three counts of fraud.

A judge set her bond at $40,000.

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