When now-retired UPS driver Diane Larson started delivering stacks of boxes from online stores to a customer she had known for quite some time, she knew something was amiss.
The customer was an elderly woman named Velva Stockton. She normally received about four packages a year. One day, the amount that she received was staggering. Stockton was getting around 10 packages per day. Larson knew something was wrong because Stockton never bought anything from online stores. Larson said: “she was getting stacks and stacks of stuff. It would be, Amazon, really? She knows how to do Amazon all of a sudden?” She added: “I knew something was not right.”
Having a feeling that something was wrong, Larson reported the strange activity to police. Upon searching Stockton’s residence, authorities found boxes crammed into a closet. It was not the terminally ill lady doing all the shopping, though.
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Stockton’s live-in caretaker had been using the elderly lady’s accounts to shop and treat herself to weight loss procedures and Botox. The financial damage of the online shopping alone was roughly $30,000.
She told the police that she did not use a computer and did not feel the need to purchase material things, as she was dying.
Stockton died before the case could be resolved. The Seattle district attorney’s office has filed charges against the caretaker, though.
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Stockton’s family is grateful to Larson for doing the right thing and reporting the suspicious activity to authorities.
In an interview with KOMO, Larson, referring to a hug that she received in the middle of the street by one of Stockton’s family members, said: “I was so glad I did the right thing, just because of that one moment, brought me to tears of joy, you know, that I did the right thing.”
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