Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
Originally posted on March 1, 2020 at 2:25 AM for VIP Members at the private AR911NEWS VIP Facebook Group. To get your VIP Pass, please CLICK HERE.
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Officers report that a disabled lady (unable to work due to medical condition) became the victim of identity fraud and theft in December 2019. The suspect is her son, Jonathon Edward Lafollette, 25, of Lakeshore Drive in Hot Springs.
The arrest report details that Mr. Lafollette opened a Best Buy credit card account in her name during early December 2019. The victim has also recently noticed that she is missing some jewelry. HSPD Detective Vanderburg met with the victim and gathered the Best Buy documentation related to the fraudulent account/transactions.
The documentation showed over $600 in fraudulent purchases that include: Sony Playstation 4 1TB console, Sony Dual Shock 4 Wireless, Turtle Beach Recon 70 wired, Sony charging cable, Sony PS Network x3 and Sony PS Plus 12 month.
During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that in October 2019, Mr. Lafollette pawned 2 rings at a local pawn shop. Contact was made with the pawn shop and they confirmed the transaction. The 2 rings were pawned for $60 according to the corresponding pawn ticket.
Mr. Lafollette went to the HSPD Detective Office on February 24, 2020 to meet with Det. Vanderburg in reference to these allegations. He was read his rights and spoke with the detective.
Mr. Lafollette said that he assisted his disabled mother with medical care and was able to obtain her social security card and other info necessary to open a credit card account online. He said that he knew it was wrong, but intended on paying her back. He said that he used his own email account and listed himself as authorized to make pick up on items purchased so he did not have to involve his mother. His mother asked about the Best Buy Account, but he denied opening the account until police became involved.
He was asked about the rings that were pawned. He said that he took them from his mother’s dresser and sold them for cigarette and gas money. He said that he should not have done that, but intended on paying her back for that too.
Mr. Lafollette is charged with Felony Identity Fraud, Fraudulent Use Of A Credit Card, Theft Of Property and Unlawful Transfer Of Stolen Property To A Pawn Shop Or Pawnbroker with a bond amount totaling $8,000.