NEWS RELEASE #: 17-091 - APRIL 7, 2017
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested two people on Wednesday after a residential search warrant connected them with several instances of fraud.
Detectives began their investigation on March 5 after deputies were alerted to a purse that was located in connection with a vehicle burglary. According to the victim, several bank records showed unauthorized charges to her credit cards in various locations throughout Sarasota County. Detectives worked to identify the suspect using surveillance video at a local clothing store which identified Stephanie Goodpaster, DOB 09/27/87, as the woman conducting the transactions.
On Wednesday, detectives executed a search warrant on Goodpaster's home located at 4437 Swift Road, Sarasota, where they recovered several fraudulent IDs, stolen credit cards, and drug paraphernalia. Detectives also located a pawn slip signed by Goodpaster's roommate, Seth Fleming, DOB 07/18/76, using an alias and fraudulent ID. When detectives first made contact with Fleming, he would not let them into the home and was subsequently arrested.
Goodpaster is charged with two counts of Criminal Use of Personal Identification. She remains in custody on $3,000 bond. Fleming is charged with Criminal Use of Personal Identification and Resisting Arrest without Violence. He remains in custody on $2,000 bond.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.