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Posted: 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013
MUNHALL, Pa. —
A woman has been arrested and charged with stealing the identity of her stepfather, police confirm.
According to police, Quinn Horvwalt, 33, of Munhall, began opening credit card accounts in Daniel Merenick’s name in 2008.
Following the death of Merenick’s wife, he entrusted his stepdaughter, Horvwalt, to help manage his finances.
Merenick’s sister, Fran Leshnock, became suspicious when his late wife’s insurance policy payout went missing, and his bank account was so low that he could not pay taxes due on his property.
Leshnock began looking into her brother’s finances and found several cards opened in his name, including a Discover card with a balance of more than $5,000 and a Disney Rewards card.
A bank credit card was also found in Merenick’s name. The card had been opened online, increasing Leshnock’s suspicion due to Merenick not owning a computer.
"This has affected him mentally, and stress and everything else, because first he lost his wife, then he lost his home, then we found this out," said Leshnock.
According to police, Horvwalt stole between $215,000 and $220,000 from her stepfather over a four-year period.
"We have been in such a horrible mess,” said Leshnock. “My brother can't even get a cellphone, he's on my plan. He is ruined for life for credit."
Munhall Police arrested Horvwalt Monday. She is facing charges of theft by unlawful taking, insurance fraud, identity theft and forgery, police said.
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