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Woman sentenced to 180 days in jail and 5 years probation for using her dead boyfriend’s debit card

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Stephanie Valencia Flowers, 50, has been sentenced to 180 days in county jail (and recommended for work release) and 5 years of probation after entering a plea of nolo contendere to one count of fraudulently using the identification card of a deceased person, one count of fraud under $20,000, and one count of grand theft.

On March 23, 2021, her deceased boyfriend’s mother contacted law enforcement to report that funds were missing from her late son’s personal savings account. The mother was listed as the sole beneficiary on the account, and there were no other authorized users on the account. Her son passed away on February 11, 2021, and Flowers was living with him at the time of his death. When the mother asked Flowers for her son’s personal effects such as a wallet, keys, and his identification and financial cards, Flowers reportedly told her that he did not have any of those items.

Bank statements showed 24 fraudulent withdrawals/transactions between February 11 and March 2, for a total of $8,716.98. Surveillance footage from an ATM machine used for one of the transactions reportedly showed a vehicle belonging to Flowers in the drive-through; Flowers was observed making a transaction and withdrawing cash at the same time as a transaction was posted to her boyfriend’s account. Surveillance footage from ATMs at other banks also reportedly showed Flowers making transactions that matched time stamps on other fraudulent transactions.

Flowers was originally charged with 24 counts of criminal use of personal identification information of a deceased individual, illegal use of credit cards, grand theft, and scheme to defraud.

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