(La Porte, IN) - Charges have been filed against a woman suspected of identity theft related to her activities at banks in the area. Danielle Schoonmaker, 39, is charged in La Porte Circuit Court with Fraud and Identity Deception.
According to court documents, she stole the identities of other people to try and withdraw money from their bank accounts.
On May 4, she was caught attempting to withdraw $4,000 from an account belonging to someone else at a Horizon Bank branch in Michigan City, police said. Police said a suspicious clerk notified authorities who greeted Schoonmaker while she was walking out of the branch empty handed.
According to court documents, she was being transported to the La Porte County Jail when she began slurring her words and told the officer she had taken a large amount of heroin earlier in the day. She was taken to a hospital. Then after given medical clearance several hours later, she was locked up at the jail. Her booking information does not contain a listed address but she told the officer she was from New York City.
Evidence in the case indicates she was suspected of similar activity at Horizon Bank branches in Lake County and southwest Michigan.