Second woman charged after alleged bank fraud schemes

bmilazzo@centredaily.comAugust 15, 2013 

A second California woman was charged Wednesday in connection with a series of bank fraud schemes around central Pennsylvania earlier this month.

State College police said Thursday that Francis Angela Nevarez, 37, of Citrus Heights, Calif., was stopped by West Virginia State Police on Tuesday and taken into custody.

Nevarez was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and as a fugitive from justice from Centre County, said Detective R.W. Ralston. She is being held in the North Central Regional Jail in Greenwood, W.Va.

Extradition to Centre County is anticipated, Ralston said. State College Lt. Keith Robb said Nevarez is expected to be back in the county within the next few weeks.

Robb said police learned of Nevarez’s whereabouts last week, after she reportedly rented a car using a stolen credit card from Avis at Pittsburgh International Airport. Police in Allegheny County were called to investigate.

Robb said Avis reported the vehicle stolen and alerted OnStar to find Nevarez’s GPS location near Doddridge County in West Virginia. She was with a group that Robb said is not connected to the bank fraud schemes in Centre County.

Nevarez is thought to be one of two California women who were allegedly committing bank fraud throughout central Pennsylvania. At the time, Nevarez was identified as being “heavily tattooed.”

Earlier this month, Ferguson Township police arrested Jocelyn Marie Wilson.

State College police were also part of that investigation.

Robb said authorities in Montoursville sent an areawide alert of a woman with a fake or stolen identification asking for cash advances.

Robb said, in the Centre Region, Wilson first hit Penn National, 116 E. College Ave. She then allegedly received $5,000 from Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, 122 W. College Ave., and was picked up Friday by Ferguson Township police at Northwest Savings Bank, 1524 W. College Ave.

Wilson is in the Centre County Correctional Facility on a $75,000 bail.

Britney Milazzo can be reached at 231-4648.

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