Employee at Nina Harris Elementary School Arrested for Stealing Coworker’s Personal Information
Michele J. Roe, age 55 of St. Petersburg, the assistant bookkeeper at Nina Harris Elementary School, was arrested by detectives assigned to the Economic Crimes Unit. The charges are for Fraudulent Use of Personal Identification Information.
According to detectives from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation began on April 4, 2017, when the 79-year old female victim reported her personal information had been used in an attempt to open a Capital One credit card online.
During the course of the investigation, detectives discovered the unauthorized online credit card account application was submitted from a computer at Nina Harris Elementary School.
Through various investigative techniques, detectives were able to identify the suspect as 55-year-old Michele J. Roe. Roe and the victim are co-workers at Nina Harris Elementary.
Roe obtained the victim’s personal identification by accessing school records. Roe was an assistant bookkeeper at the elementary school.
The fraudulent credit card submitted by Roe was stopped prior to being mailed and there was no financial loss suffered by the victim. She requested the card be mailed to a international non-profit organization where she also works as a secretary.
On Monday, October 2, 2017, at about 11:00 a.m., detectives arrested Roe and she was charged with one count of Fraudulent Use of Personal Identification Information.
Roe was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.
Detectives believe there may be additional victims.
If anyone has information on this investigation or has become a victim they are asked to call Detective Holden at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at (727) 582-6200.
The investigation continues.