WICHITA, Kan. -- It has become a common crime: Somebody stealing financial from a senior citizen.
What makes a recent Wichita identity theft case different is what the victim's son used to do for a living and the action he took.
Like many people with parents who live in long-term care facilities, Paul Vick handles his 89-year-old father's finances for him. The younger Vick also decided to handle finding out what was going on when he got a call from Intrust Bank Dec. 3.
"They suspected that my dad's credit card was being fraudulently used by somebody," Vick said.
Vick is a retired FBI agent and former Wichita Police Detective, so he immediately began digging when he got that phone call. That eventually led him to believe Tiandra Crawford, 34, Oklahoma City, stole his dad's credit card information and racked up nearly $1,300 in fraudulent charges.
Crawford is currently jailed in Oklahoma City on a previous warrant.
Vick called a picture of a ticket to a Nov. 21 Oklahoma City Thunder game posted on Crawford's Facebook page just one piece of incriminating evidence.
"The ticket that she posted, the serial number on the ticket is directly linked to my dad's credit card," Vick said.
What bothers Vick the most is the way he believes Crawford obtained the credit card information. Crawford worked in pharmacy billing for Omnicare, a company that provides pharmacy services for long-term care facilities.
"And it just clicked with me that on the 18th of November, I had just paid the Omnicare bill by use of my credit card," Vick said.
Oklahoma County, Okla., jail records show that before Crawford's latest arrest last Thursday, she was arrested at least six times in the Oklahoma City area. One arrest came in 2003. She was arrested three times in 2006 as well as one time each in 2007 and 2008. Each arrest, according to booking information was related to a bogus check charge.
Vick said Crawford never should have worked for Omnicare.
"If I can come up with this data fairly quickly by doing Internet searches, employers have access to certain databases where they can vet their employees," he said.
Omnicare has not yet responded to requests for information about background checks, if any, it conducts when hiring new employees who will have access to sensitive information.
Though Vick and his father will not have to pay the bogus charges, he said this was not a victimless crime.
"The merchants in this time of economic uncertainty are taking a loss for people stealing from peoples' identities and also their credit card information," he said.