Crime Stoppers tips lead to capture of multi-state offender
(01/09/19) - A woman who was wanted in three states on multiple charges, including fraud, larceny and felony flight, was caught with the help of Crime Stoppers tips.
Kayla Sanders had been sentenced to nearly 3.5 years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. She was supposed to surrender on Dec. 27, but court documents say she failed to report.
With the help of Crime Stoppers, a tip Tuesday led the U.S. Marshal's Service to a Grand Blanc hotel.
"Kayla Sanders is wanted for fraud, larceny, probation violation, felony flight," said Julie Lopez, Crime Stoppers of Flint & Genesee County Director.
Court documents show Sanders pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud on July 25, 2018.
"You think that that's not violent or a crime or as much of a severe crime. I think a lot of people kind of think that. Well fraud, is it really that bad? But think about all the people, including myself, I've been a victim of identity fraud. There's so many people who that have had their bank accounts wiped out," Lopez said.
After being sentenced to 40 months in prison, Sanders didn't show up to begin her sentence as scheduled on Dec. 27, making her a fugitive.
On Monday, Lopez began broadcasting a poster at the request of Michigan State Police and the U.S. Marshal's Service Fugitive Task Force. Tips began to come in within an hour of the information going public.
"When law enforcement asks us to put this out of course we put it out and then we kind of find out more and more about the severity of it, and she was wanted in three states," Lopez said.
That includes Minnesota and North Carolina. Court documents say Sanders was staying in the Wingate by Wyndam hotel in a room rented under the name Totyana McDaniel.
Two others were also staying in the same room. One of those individuals was arrested on local charges.
Sanders, who had left the hotel through a ride sharing service, was later arrested by authorities. She reportedly had several prepaid Visa cards with her and access cards to the hotel room, which was paid for with gift cards.
The tipster will be rewarded.
"We really want to thank the community. We want to thank the media and the tipsters. We had several tips come in. Trying to help figure out where she was -- where people were thinking, where they thought that they saw her. So we want to thank everyone in the community and law enforcement thanks her also," Lopez said.