Woman wanted in Rhode Island arrested for identity fraud in New Hampshire
NASHUA — A woman who was wanted in Rhode Island has been arrested for using a fake identity in an attempt to gain access to the City of Nashua's financial account information.
Nashua police said they arrested Dana Michelle Lawrence, 43 of 17.5 Jefferson Street, Nashua, for felony-level identity fraud Thursday.
Police said their investigation began on Wednesday when the mayor's chief of staff, Kimberly Kleiner, reported that a volunteer grant writer named Genevieve Kaplan was not following city grant writing protocol and had been attempting to obtain the City of Nashua's financial account information.
During their investigation, police made contact with the landlord of 17.5 Jefferson Street who supplied the lease application that Kaplan had filled out. Police conducted a check on the information that was supplied and were unable to locate anyone by the name and date of birth that Kaplan provided on the application. They also learned the social security number she provided didn't belong to her.
Police said they returned to 17.5 Jefferson Street to speak with Kaplan, but they were informed by a male at the residence that she had left for New York. On Thursday, detectives and an agent from the FBI responded to 17.5 Jefferson Street to speak with the male again. He told them again that Kaplan was in New York, but a short time later he notified investigators that Kaplan was not in New York and that she was currently on her way to the police department to speak to detectives.
Detectives determined that Kaplan was not using her real name but had been using the name "Kaplan” for the at least 12 years. Police learned that Kaplan’s real name was Dana Michelle Lawrence and that she had lied on her lease credit application. Detectives then learned that Lawrence had an outstanding warrant out of Rhode Island for violations regarding an original charge of obtaining money under false pretenses.
Lawrence was subsequently arrested and charged with identity fraud, a Class A felony, and she is also being held as a fugitive from justice on the warrant out of Rhode Island.
Police said at this point it does not appear that the City of Nashua has suffered any financial loss or any account compromise. They also said that Dana Lawrence is possibly involved in significant fraud schemes across the United States. It is likely that she has lived in or traveled through California, Colorado, Illinois, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont and Maine, police said.
She has possibly been using the following aliases:
- Genevieve Kaplan 08-06-1973
- Genna Kaplan 08-06-1973
- Genevieve Logan Morgan 07-01-1975
- Dana Michelle Lawrence 08-06-1973
- Tunisia Viana 08-16-1979
- Dana Lawrence 08-06-1973
Lawrence was arraigned on Friday at the 9th Circuit-District Division-Nashua Court, and her bail was set at $100,000 cash only. Her probable cause hearing is set for May 25, at the 9th Circuit-District Division- Nashua Court.
Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess praised the Nashua Police Department and the FBI for acting quickly to protect the city and said that this was an isolated incident.
“The City of Nashua has a longstanding culture of volunteerism and relies on hundreds of volunteers to support our activities,” said Mayor Donchess.
The Nashua Police Department and the FBI are asking anyone with information regarding Dana Lawrence to contact the Nashua Police Department at 603-594-3500 or Special Agent Mark Hastbacka of the FBI at 603-471-9440 or the Nashua Crime Line at 603-589-1665.