By Kelsey Givens
Three people were arrested this week in connection with the theft of an elderly man’s checks and more than $6,700 from his bank account.
Vincent Scarpati, 19, Jessica Parker, 18, and Alana Murphy, 18, were taken into custody Monday and Tuesday for allegedly stealing money from the victim’s bank account between Feb. 13 and Feb. 22.
According to a declaration of arrest in the case, Nye County Sheriff’s Det. David Boruchowitz received a report from the victim that his checks had been stolen and cashed at the Bank of America on State Route 160 in February.
After learning this, the detective made contact with the branch and was able to obtain photographs, surveillance video and paperwork from each time one of the stolen checks was cashed.
Murphy was allegedly seen cashing the first stolen check on Feb. 13 for $155.
The check was made out to cash with her name in the memo line.
She then allegedly cashed four more checks, each time making them out to herself with different notes like work or paycheck written in the memo line.
Twice when Murphy was seen cashing one of these checks, Parker was also present at the scene.
On the other three occasions another woman, Jennifer Parker, 18, was present with Murphy at the bank.
In total, from the five checks taken, they reportedly stole $1,575 from the victim.
On Feb. 16, Scarpati also began cashing stolen checks at the same bank.
He allegedly cashed four checks on four separate occasions, each time made out in his name.
Scarpati alone reportedly took $5,216 from the victim’s bank account, and altogether the four allegedly stole $6,791.
After reviewing the evidence, Boruchowitz interviewed Murphy who reportedly said Scarpati had given her the checks and asked her to cash them.
She said she had gone with him, Jessica and Jennifer to the victim’s home, and heard that they had been the ones who set up the operation to steal this man’s money.
Murphy also added that she had received bad checks for Scarpati before and had questioned their legitimacy.
During another interview, Jessica reportedly told authorities when she, Murphy and Scarpati went to the victim’s residence she had stolen one of his check books and Scarpati had forged the man’s signature.
She also said the stolen money was then used to buy pills.
Authorities then located Scarpati, who allegedly admitted to forging the victim’s signature and verified details the other suspects had given to police.
All three were arrested after speaking with authorities and transported to the Nye County Detention Center.
They are being held on charges of exploitation of an elderly or vulnerable person, grand larceny, conspiracy and multiple counts each of burglary, forgery, using identification information of another and petit larceny.
According to a press release later publicizing the arrests, the NCSO reported that Jennifer is believed to be living in another state. A warrant for her arrest will reportedly be sought out in this case.
Bail for Jessica, Murphy and Scarpati is set at $50,000, $87,500 and $112,000 respectively.
Murphy was seen in Pahrump Justice Court on Wednesday. She was already in police custody for violations related to her participation in the county’s Drug Court program. She is supposed to be released from jail on Monday, which is when she will be fitted for an ankle bracelet and placed on house arrest in the above case.