• Woman who stole dementia patient's identity also ripped off others, deputies say

    By: Jeff Deal


    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - The woman who deputies said stole $38,000 from a dementia patient also stole the identities of others, possibly including a 2-year-old.

    Channel 9 reported on Feb. 1 that Volusia County deputies believe 42-year-old Karen Splain stole a woman’s identity and went on a shopping spree, buying a laptop from Montgomery Ward, shopping at Walmart and Hotels.com, and even using Pay to send money to a jail inmate.

    Deputies said when they arrested Splain, she had a bag containing driver's licenses, phones, Social Security cards and checks that didn't belong to her. One of the Social Security cards belonged to a 2-year-old boy, deputies said.


    Deputies said Splain also had a food stamps card in the name of a woman who spoke to Channel 9 but did not want her name to be revealed.

    "It's an invasion of our privacy. How she got away with it, I don't know," the woman said. "It was very frustrating because I never got anything in the mail. It was very scary." 

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    The woman believes a former friend stole her information and may have passed it on to Splain two years ago.

    Records show Splain has a history of similar crimes. She was arrested in 2017 and 2018 for unlawful possession of a personal ID. Channel 9 reported last year that Holly Hill police caught her going through mailboxes. Police said Splain had checks and journals with people’s Social Security numbers, dates of birth and account numbers. 

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    Splain was released from jail in August after serving five months. She is now in the Volusia County jail on $95,000 bond.

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