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SEEKONK - A California woman is wanted for scamming almost $10,000 from two Sovereign Bank branches in Seekonk using a fake credit card last month.

In both cases, which happened an hour apart, Keyana Figueres, 26, of Oakland, allegedly requested a cash advance from a Visa card she handed a teller, Det. Donald Bricault said Wednesday.

The card didn't work when the teller swiped it through the bank's machine. Figueres then asked the teller to call the toll-free number on the back of the card, where someone gave the teller the authorization code.

Figueres also showed an Oregon driver's license, Bricault said.

She allegedly got a total of $9,250 from the banks. The credit card and the driver's license turned out to be fake, Bricault said.

The incidents happened Aug. 1 at Sovereign's Central Avenue and Taunton Avenue branches.

Pawtucket police arrested Figueres that same day, when she allegedly tried to bilk a Citizens Bank of $4,700, Bricault said.

However, she was released from custody before Seekonk police and Sovereign officials became aware of the incidents in Seekonk, he said.

Sovereign got the paperwork back on Figueres' transactions only recently, Bricault said.

Pawtucket police recognized Figueres during a recent TV news item about the scams in Seekonk, he said.

Seekonk police also received an anonymous tip generated by the broadcast.

Seekonk police are asking anyone with information about the incidents to call them at 508-336-7027, ext. 2.

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/articles/2008/09/18/news/3685020.txt
 
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