Search Ends After Accused Grifter Nabbed in Washington

Jennifer Suazo faces up to 30 years behind bars for bank fraud and identity theft.

Accused grifter

Jennifer Suazo, 48, of Des Moines, Washington, faces up to 30 years behind bars for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. She was booked into Washington’s Maleng Regional Justice Center in King County on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, after evading arrest two days earlier. Coffee or Die Magazine composite.

You can quit looking for accused grifter Jennifer Suazo, the 48-year-old fugitive who evaded arrest last week and was on the run from law enforcement.

Authorities booked her into Washington’s Maleng Regional Justice Center on Saturday evening and she’s being held without bond pending her arraignment Monday, Aug. 15, in Seattle on a seven-count indictment for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Those charges carry a minimum sentence of two years behind bars for the identity theft and a maximum penalty of 30 years in a federal penitentiary for any of the bank fraud charges.

Federal officials asked the public for help locating Suazo — who also goes by the name of Jennifer Esperanza — after the woman dodged arrest early Aug. 11 while US Postal Inspection Service agents closed in on her.

Suspected fraudster

Authorities say federal agents tried to nab Jennifer Suazo, 48, of Des Moines, Washington, early Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, but she fled instead of facing a seven-count grand jury indictment for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Coffee or Die Magazine composite.

Authorities say Suazo is a whiz with using false identification and they feared she’d appropriated a new persona before going to ground.

Investigators estimate the Des Moines, Washington, woman has stolen at least $107,472 since 2019. They say she purchased consumer information on darknet websites, deposited stolen checks, and opened credit and debit cards in the names of her victims to use for her personal expenses.

She allegedly changed mailing addresses for the money accounts she took over and deposited their funds into her personal coffers.

No attorney is listed for her in the federal docket.

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