Woman faces 52 charges after stealing employer’s identity twice

AHOSKIE, N.C. (WAVY) — A North Carolina woman is facing more than 50 charges after police say she stole from an elderly woman she used to work for.

“The woman needs help,” the victim told 10 On Your Side. “Obviously, something is deranged with her.”

Joy Davenport, 45, was charged with identity theft and obtaining property under fast pretenses. The charges stem from a credit card she allegedly used in the victim’s name.

“She took a sizable amount of money, I’m telling you.” the victim said.

The victim, an elderly woman who asked 10 On Your Side not to reveal her identity, said she noticed something was wrong in February when she found several strange purchases and money missing from her savings account. She went right to the Ahoskie Police Department and detectives went right to work.

“They knew they had documents from the victim, however, they also had video tapes from local businesses,” Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh said.

Court documents state Davenport went to several local businesses and used a credit card that was in the victim’s name. Police then searched Davenport’s home and found receipts and bank statements that belonged to the victim.

“It makes you feel bad that somebody would be preying on senior citizens,” Fitzhugh said.

“She has confessed to everything,” the victim said. “She confessed to the fact that she kept my post office key and confiscated my bank statements.”

The victim said Davenport worked for her years ago.

“You feel like you’re being exposed to the public,” the victim said. “It is kind of like being naked in the street or something. There was a disappointment: Why would you do that to me again?”

The victim told 10 On Your Side Davenport did the same thing years ago, but she decided not to press charges. Davenport’s family paid back most of the money, but this time is a different story.

“I forgave the debt then, and then to turn around and do it again is just unforgivable,” the victim said.

Davenport is being held in the Hertford County jail under at $250,000 bond. She will make a court appearance April 7.

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