WINTER HAVEN (FOX 13) – A woman and her adult daughter were arrested for identity fraud after police say they bought three brand new Honda vehicles using someone else’s information.
The sales manager at Winter Haven Honda called police after a credit monitoring company raised concern that the purchases were fraudulent.
Winter Haven Police say Norma Castro, 48, and her daughter, Keisha Nicole Garcia-Castro, 23, came to the dealership to buy vehicles to use while driving for Uber.
Police say both women provided identification and Nicole filled out the credit application to purchase a 2018 Honda Accord and a 2017 Honda Pilot. The vehicles have a combined value of more than $100,000.
The dealership contacted the women a few days later to follow up on the purchase. Norma told the associate she was so happy, she planned to buy another vehicle. Police say the pair came back a few days later and purchased a 2018 Honda Accord, valued at $43,000.
But two days later, on Monday, January 29, the dealership got a call from a credit monitoring company which said the information entered on Nicole’s credit application had been flagged for identity theft.
That’s when the dealership called police about the fraud and let officers know Norma was scheduled to come to the dealership later that day.
When she arrived, Winter Haven police were there waiting for her.
Police say Norma told police where they could find the first two vehicles, which were towed back to Winter Haven Honda, but Nicole was nowhere to be found.
The Honda that Norma drove to the dealership was also returned.
Norma told police she was unaware of what was on the credit application filled out by her daughter. In her purse, police say they found bills and documents with the names, birth dates, and social security numbers of people unknown to Norma. Police say she ultimately confessed and said she was trying to protect her daughter.
Norma was booked into the Polk County Jail on one count of conspiracy to commit fraud and three counts of possession of another person’s ID without consent.
A warrant for Keisha Nicole Garcia-Castro was obtained on charges of grand theft of $100,000 or more and obtaining property by fraud more than $50,000.
Police say Nicole was already serving five years probation for a fraud charge in April 2016.
Anyone with information on Garcia-Castro’s whereabouts is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers are guaranteed anonymity and could be eligible for a cash reward.