CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -Charleston County sheriff's deputies are looking for 54 year old Laura Poku. stands 5'4" and weighs about 278 pounds. Poku is wanted on five charges of identity fraud against one victim. "By that I mean she assumed someone's else's identity or used someone else's credentials, opened up several accounts and charged a fortune, and left the real person holding the bag," said Detective Reggie Sharpe."Through these means she was able to open up lines of credit at different places."
Investigators say Poku allegedly charged some items and actually paid some of the monthly fees. "It wasn't until she quit paying on it several months later that the victim found out that these accounts ever existed," said Sharpe.
The detective said it's easy to steal another person's identity. "It doesn't take a whole lot, just a name, a date of birth, a social security number," said Sharpe.
Sharpe said there's more than one victim when this type of crime happens. He said all of us wind up footing the bill. "When the credit card companies get stiffed and the different stores get stiffed, ultimately the consumer pays the bill," he said.
Poku stands 5'4" and weighs about 278 pounds. She goes by several aliases including Laura Holman and Laura Hanchard. Her last known address was on Warsaw Road in North Charleston. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward.