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Massena woman charged with identity theft


IDENTITY THEFT - MASSENA - A Massena woman has been charged with using another person’s identity to purchase a pageant dress for her daughter.

Jessie D. Mousaw, 32, of 2228 state Route 420, Massena, reportedly signed on to a computer at the Massena Public Library on the afternoon of Jan. 17, accessed the PayPal and eBay accounts of the person that had used the computer before her and purchased a $310.99 pageant dress.

Brian Brunelle of Brasher Falls told police he had used the library computer that afternoon and purchased an ornament off eBay. He told police when he checked his email the next day to confirm the shipping information for the ornament he discovered a $310.99 purchase had been made on his eBay and PayPal accounts. He also discovered special instructions included in the dress purchase called for it be sent to an address in Wilmington, later identified as Mousaw’s mother’s home.

Mousaw, in her statement to police, admitted she had attempted to purchase a dress while on the library computer, but she feigned ignorance when it came to the use of eBay and PayPal. She said she had been shopping on eBay for a pageant dress and had clicked on a buy it now option and continued with the purchase options.

“At no time did it ask me to log onto the eBay site nor did I notice anyone’s else’s name logged in. At no time did I realize that I purchased the dress from somebody else,” she assured police in her statement.

Police said they were able to stop the dress from being delivered to Mousaw’s mother during their investigation. Mousaw told police when she never received a call about the dress from her mother she assumed the sale had not gone through and purchased a dress for her daughter at Deb’s.

Mousaw was released on an appearance ticket.

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