A 62-year-old woman arrested earlier this week on suspicion of identity theft allegedly had more than 70 aliases and may have several unidentified victims, authorities said Friday.
In some cases, Katherine Gonsalves was accused of pretending to be a representative or owner of a fake company in an attempt to organize fraudulent fundraising events, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.
Gonsalves was arrested by detectives on Wednesday on suspicion of multiple identity theft charges that occurred between 2012 and March 2015, the Sheriff’s Department described in the news release.
Gonsalves used about 74 different aliases when committing the alleged crimes, according to detectives.
Investigators claimed Gonsalves would sometimes rent properties and start up utilities in different names.
She was being held on Federal Probation violations, according to the news release.
Investigators believe Gonsalves has victimized a number of yet unidentified people and organizations including well-known people in the entertainment industry, and have asked the public’s help in identifying them.
Anyone who believes they may have been a victim, or has information regarding Gonsalves’ alleged crimes, was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 661-940-3851.
If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.