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Big Brother Big Sisters worker charged with ID theft of volunteers

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(12/12/13) - A Flint woman has been charged with identity theft and a federal prosecutor is one of the victims, according to court documents.

Amanda Casanova, 36, is accused of using her position at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint to steal information from people signing up to volunteer for a mentoring program, to apply for credit cards to get money for cocaine.  Volunteers had provided the personal information as part of the background check process required for the mentoring program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters President and CEO Reta Stanley confirms she was a work study student working with the organization through a local college. Stanley says he has been terminated.

Stanley said this is an isolated incident for them - a very unfortunate one. They're working to ensure volunteer information remains secure. 

The criminal complaint, dated Dec. 11, shows one of the people who applied for the BBBS mentoring program, an Assistant United States Attorney at the federal courthouse in Flint, was recently contacted by a bank representative for verification of a credit card application.

Problem was, he hadn't applied.  His credit report revealed big problems.

Authorities tracked an address on a credit card application. It led them to an unoccupied home, on West Rankin Street, on Flint's northside.

A Secret Service Agent was watching Tuesday and saw Casanova walk up and check the mailbox, according to the complaint.

Casanova told the agent she lived just down the block with her boyfriend and his mother.

We spoke with the mother. She asked that we not identify her.

"When the police come in here I went, 'What is your what?' (They said) she been doing ID theft. 'I said how? Who?'"

Her son was taken in on a state arrest warrant.

The federal, criminal complaint against Casanova alleges he admitted he knew what she was up to and even, to some extent, participated.

Casanova has a detention hearing scheduled for Friday.  She is charged with aggravated identity theft/mail fraud.

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