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A Polk County Behavioral Health worker is facing felony identity theft charges after she allegedly forged letters from her former bankruptcy lawyer to stop creditors from collecting their debts.
Monmouth resident Charlotte Raye Rosillo, also known as Charlotte Raye Vargas, was arrested by a Polk County sheriff’s detective on Thursday and arraigned Friday.
Rosillo worked as an office specialist in Dallas for the health service. It’s unclear if she still works with the county.
Polk County Sheriff Mark Garton confirmed Rosillo had access to behavior health clients’ personal information, but stressed that such information was not part of the law enforcement investigation.
The arrest comes after county human resources staff were contacted by the law offices of Corey Smith, a Salem bankruptcy lawyer.
Rosillo allegedly had been sending letters with the lawyer’s letterhead to her creditors, trying to make them stop asking for debt payments, according to a probable cause statement from the arresting detective, Jeff Williams.
“The letters were fraudulent and (the law office) had not drafted these letters and sent them to these creditors,” the statement said. However, Rosillo had been the firm’s client during a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filed and discharged in 2016.
Five creditors had contacted the law office saying they were asked to stop collecting Rosillo’s debts, the statement said. Furthermore, forged letters listed Smith as Rosillo’s representative in a 2018 bankruptcy case.
Rosillo’s letters appeared to have been copied versions of letters sent in 2016, but with a different case number and dated Nov. 8, 2018, according to the probable cause statement.
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A law office representative said their office didn’t send the 2018 letters, and Rosillo was suspected of changing and sending them, as she was the only one who would benefit, according to the probable cause statement.
Smith was not immediately available for comment Friday.
The sheriff’s office also obtained fraudulent records that Rosillo had allegedly sent to Polk County payroll staff to try to halt pay garnishments against her, the statement said. Rosillo is believed to have used her county work computer to send those documents.
Count records show Rosillo was convicted earlier this year on two counts of second-degree forgery and two counts negotiating a bad check. She was sentenced to community service.
Garton said the county was aware of her past convictions and she was disciplined, though he wasn’t aware what that discipline entailed.
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