Woman arrested Wednesday for stealing identity, $14,000, Kern County Sheriff's Office said

Woman convinced victim that she owed medical bills

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Kern County Sheriff’s Office arrested a suspect of theft and identity theft Wednesday, officials said.

Sheriffs arrested 39-year old Deborah Nichols for grand theft and identity theft, officials said.

An investigation revealed Nichols tricked a victim into believing she owed Nichols over $9,000 for medical bills, officials said.

Nichols gained access to the victim’s bank account and withdrew the money, officials said.

Nichols then used the victim’s personal identifying information, to open credit cards accounts in the victim’s name, officials said.

Nichols defrauded the victim out of approximately $14,000, before the fraud was reported and stopped, officials said. 

Nichols was booked into the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Central Receiving Facility, and her bail was set at $70,000.

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