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Have You Seen This Suspected Fraudster?

August 12, 2022Carl Prine
Federal prosecutors say Jennifer Suazo, also known as Jennifer Esperanza, evaded arrest on Aug. 12, 2022, and is at large, wanted for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Coffee or Die Magazine photo.

Federal prosecutors say Jennifer Suazo, also known as Jennifer Esperanza, evaded arrest on Aug. 12, 2022, and is at large, wanted for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Coffee or Die Magazine photo.

Federal and local law enforcement want to know whether you've spotted a suspected fraudster who's disappeared.

Authorities said US Postal Inspection agents tried to nab Jennifer Suazo, 48, of Des Moines, Washington, early Thursday, Aug. 11, but she fled instead of facing a seven-count grand jury indictment for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Those charges carry a minimum sentence of two years behind bars for the identity theft and up to 30 years in a federal penitentiary for one count of bank fraud.

Because she’s reportedly an expert on using false identification, agents believe Suazo’s photo might help speed her arrest.

She also goes by the name Jennifer Esperanza, according to court documents.

Suspected fraudster, Jennifer Suazo

Authorities say federal agents tried to nab Jennifer Suazo, 48, of Des Moines, Washington, early Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, but she fled instead of facing a seven-count grand jury indictment for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Composite by Coffee or Die Magazine.

Federal prosecutors alleged Suazo had created identification documents of her victims, but with her photo on the IDs.

They accused her of changing mailing addresses for the money accounts she created or took over to hide her thievery from her victims, while depositing their funds into her personal bank account.

Investigators estimate she’s stolen at least $107,472 since 2019 after purchasing consumer information on darknet websites, using stolen checks, and creating credit and debit cards in the names of her victims.

Anyone who spots Suazo is urged to contact the US Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455.

Her case was investigated by the Des Moines Police Department and the US Postal Inspection Service.

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Carl Prine
Carl Prine

Carl Prine is a former senior editor at Coffee or Die Magazine. He has worked at Navy Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He served in the Marine Corps and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. His awards include the Joseph Galloway Award for Distinguished Reporting on the military, a first prize from Investigative Reporters & Editors, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

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