‘Prolific fraudster’ skips hearing, faces more charges

Woman who scammed Mukilteo residents, among others, back in jail
By Nicholas Johnson | Jun 14, 2017

A woman police call a “prolific fraudster” was arrested at a Mukilteo residence May 26 after failing to appear for a May 19 court hearing.

Alexia Dallas Devlin, 36, was originally arrested Jan. 24 on suspicion of 54 felonies following a months-long investigation by several law enforcement agencies.

She was released a week later and immediately started committing additional financial crimes. As detectives worked the new cases, they served 13 search warrants where they seized large amounts of financial crime evidence in numerous jurisdictions.

She was scheduled to appear for a jury trial on charges out of Lake Stevens on May 19, but she failed to appear, prompting the court to issue $400,000 in warrants for her arrest.

She now faces some 18 additional charges, including 10 counts of first-degree identity theft, six counts of second-degree identity theft, one count of first-degree theft and one count of second-degree possession of stolen property.

Detectives continue working through the evidence seized in the 13 search warrants and additional charges are expected to be forthcoming.

 

Background

Devlin allegedly stole the identity of a Silvia Bass of Lake Stevens and used that identity to steal more than $50,000 using fraudulent credit, according to an investigation by Lake Stevens police.

In July 2016, Devlin allegedly used that stolen identity to rent a condo in Mukilteo through Airbnb. Devlin allegedly stole items from the condo, including a passport, and used the owner’s information to apply for several credit cards before moving out in August.

Earlier, in February 2016, Devlin allegedly posed as a Sarah Galindo, whose purse she had allegedly stolen in August 2015. As Galindo, Devlin allegedly rented a condo in Mukilteo, diverted the owners’ mail and began using their information to open lines of credit at retail stores and apply for a business loan from Bank of America.

Devlin was also arrested in August 2016 while driving a vehicle registered to a Mukilteo man whose house she allegedly rented using Bass’ identity.

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