Ex-caregiver uses stolen credit card info for online purchases, police say

MIDLAND, Texas (KMID/KPEJ) – A Midland woman was arrested earlier this week after police say she used stolen credit card information to make multiple online purchases. Victoria Gutierrez, 35, has been charged with credit/debit card abuse and financial abuse of the elderly.

The investigation began on June 6, when the victim called the Midland Police Department asking for help. The elderly woman, who is also blind, said she needed help reviewing her bank statements; she suspected that some accusations were not accurate.

Officers noted several charges to the woman’s account that she did not authorize, over $600 in purchases at Walmart and an $86 purchase at Wingstop.

The victim said her former caregiver, identified as Gutierrez, had access to her credit and debit card information because she helped him pay bills; a difficult task for the woman because she cannot see. According to the victim, Gutierrez started working for her in September 2021 and quit in May this year after her car broke down.

The case was turned over to detectives who spoke to Walmart employees about the multiple transactions. These transactions were made online and the goods were not delivered to the victim’s home. The detective then went to Wingstop to question the manager about the order placed on June 5. The manager said the order was also an online order, but Gutierrez was filmed picking up the order.

On June 14, an arrest warrant was issued and Gutierrez was taken into custody earlier this week. She was later released on $6,000 bond.