Kamloops Woman Defrauds Senior for Plastic Surgery
6 July 2015
How far would you be willing to go to find enough money for the plastic surgery you wanted? For one Kamloops, B.C., woman, the answer was “all the way to committing identity theft.”
In a surprisingly brazen scheme, Kamloops resident Brandie Bloor used a stolen driver’s licence belonging to an 83-year-old man to apply for a loan to finance her elective plastic surgeries. She used the driver’s licence to convince loan company Crelogix to lend her $15,000 for breast implants, liposuction and a tummy tuck, claiming that the man was her grandfather and forging his signature on the loan documents.
The man only found out about the fraud when Crelogix sent him a letter telling him that the loan was in arrears. He called the company back and informed them that he had not, in fact, voluntarily cosigned on the loan, and moreover, he had no idea who Brandie Bloor was.
The company encouraged him to call the police, so he did, but Bloor initially claimed she had nothing to do with the loan or the surgeries, saying she must have been impersonated as well. However, this story came crashing down when police investigators interviewed the plastic surgeon who had performed the surgeries. The doctor told police that Bloor had a rose tattoo on her navel, which they were able to confirm.
Bloor’s stories didn’t stop there, though. Once police told her they were aware that she was indeed the one who had undergone the surgeries, she began claiming that she had met the 83-year-old man while working as an escort and he had given her permission to use his name to cosign the loan. When the man was able to prove that his licence had been stolen in 2010, long before any of this took place, Bloor finally admitted defeat and confessed.
Bloor pleaded guilty in Kamloops provincial court to two counts of identity theft and two counts of fraud over $5,000. Crown counsel Katie Bouchard recommended a jail term of nine to 12 months, two years of probation and full restitution payments.
“There was no medical necessity for any of the surgeries. They were all done for what she perceived as personal gain and personal advantage,” Bouchard told the court.
If your driver’s licence or wallet has been stolen, it’s important to take steps to prevent the information it contains from being used for identity theft. Here’s what to do as soon as you realize it’s been stolen:
- Report the theft to your local law enforcement agency.
- Report your driver’s licence as stolen or missing. This was the step that allowed the man in this case to prove that his licence has been stolen in 2010, not given to Bloor voluntarily.
- Monitor your credit files and all your accounts for signs of fraudulent activity.
To help with this last step, it’s a good idea to sign up for a credit monitoring service, which can alert you in the event that certain activity possibly indicative of fraud appears on your credit file.