By Eric Stevick Herald Writer
EVERETT — The woman told detectives she was getting started in the “paper business.”
By paper business, police allege she really meant identity theft, forgery and fraud.
She appeared to be off to a prolific start, according to court records.
Police found a cardboard box stuffed with stolen documents next to the bed in her motel room. There also was a printer.
A detective for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office found identification belonging to 22 people. The box contained passports, driver licenses, social security cards, medical ID cards and credit and debit cards.
The deputy also found four blank prescription slips and 57 prescriptions for controlled substances, including oxycodone and methadone.
“She had blank prescription slips and prescription script information in order to procure controlled substances,” the deputy wrote in an affidavit to establish probable cause for the woman’s arrest.
Some of the paperwork came from six people who had reported missing documents after thefts, burglaries and car prowls in Everett and elsewhere in Snohomish County.
The woman, 31, was described as a transient in court papers. She was arrested for investigation of identity theft, possessing stolen property, prescription fraud and drug possession.
Turns out, the woman could have been behind bars.
On Feb. 28 she was sentenced to 10 months in jail for drug possession.
Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Eric Lucas agreed to let her serve the time on work release. She was ordered to show up for work release on March 4 but was a no show. A warrant was issued for her arrest on March 15 and it didn’t catch up with her until early this week.
The woman earlier had been thrown out of the county’s drug court program for failing to comply with requirements in a 2004 case stemming from an auto theft charge.
She also was convicted in 2008 with possession with intent to deliver meth and sentenced to three years in prison.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, firstname.lastname@example.org.