Placer Sheriff: Ex-con bilked two women

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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A Colfax man is under arrest on suspicion of defrauding two women in separate crimes.

The trail that led to the arrest of 41-year-old parolee Jonathan League started Aug. 3 when a 59-year-old Colfax woman reported that her roommate had stolen her credit card and driver’s license, then used the credit card on $900 in unauthorized purchases.

The woman said that she suspected her roommate - who turned out to be League - had snuck into her room and took the credit card and license out of her wallet.

Deputies conducted a parole search of League’s room and found a cache of stolen checkbooks and credit cards - plus a notebook with usernames and passwords for online sites associated with multiple potential victims, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office reported today.

League was arrested on suspicion of identity theft, burglary, grand theft and possession of meth.

But the investigation didn’t stop there.

Property crime division detectives discovered a second victim - a 71-year-old woman who told them that League had stolen $30,000 from her over several years - including a transfer of $2,000 from her bank account while he was serving time in prison.

In addition, she said League had snuck into her house and put a deadbolt on a bedroom door so that he could stay there.

“She didn’t realize he was living there until she heard noises,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

The investigation connected to this second victim led to additional charges for identity theft, financial elder abuse, residential burglary, credit card fraud, and mail theft, the Sheriff’s Office said. League’s bail was raised to $395,000 after the new charges were filed.