Two Louisiana women have been charged with running an elaborate scheme that targeted United States veterans, most of which were seniors.
In September, several reports of suspicious activity kicked off an investigation by the Shreveport Police Department financial crimes task force. Their probe led them to 21-year-old ZarRajah Watkins. The Shreveport resident used her position with Teleperformance to access USAA bank account information. From there, Watkins sold the information to several people, including 21-year-old Destane Glass, a resident of the same city. Glass then used several methods to defraud account holders out of over one million dollars.
It is unclear exactly how Glass stole the funds, but a report says she used the money to create a lavish life for herself, purchasing high-end vehicles, clothing, and her most prestigious investment, a four-bedroom, 5,050 square foot home priced at $639,000 that she paid for in cash. The transaction was completed on October 22nd. The beautiful residence is located in The Haven, a posh subdivision with some homes valued at over a million dollars.
Glass was previously arrested on nine counts of misdemeanor theft and two counts of felony theft. Last March, she pleaded guilty to just one charge of felony theft and received a suspended sentence and probation. The remaining charges were dropped.
Watkins was arrested on November 17th, charged with 175 counts of identity theft, while Glass was taken into custody on November 22nd, facing 65 counts of the same charges. Both women are being held in Caddo Correctional Center without bond. More arrests are expected.