Woman Claims Roommate Stole Her Identity
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 21, 2006
ORMOND BEACH, FLORIDA--Robin Silva just wanted some company and help with her rent when she placed an advertisement for a roommate in April.
What she got instead, Silva claims, was a criminal that two months later beat her, locked her in the bathroom at knifepoint, forged her checks, and then took off with her car, her dog and her identity.
Jody Ann Urbanek, 52, was arrested last Monday near Pensacola, Florida on charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, grand theft, and identity theft.
Authorities said Urbanek had changed her appearance to match that of Silva -- who has cancer, difficulty speaking, and uses a cane -- so she could cash her checks.
Investigators also learned that Urbanek was already wanted on a warrant for parole violation in Pennsylvania and for escape in New York.
"It appears that she was in the process of setting up her next victim," Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said.
WFTW reported Thursday that Silva's dog Prudence would be returned in a couple of days.
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