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A Davenport woman is accused of helping to bilk more than $35,000 out of the grandparent of a prison inmate by pretending to be an employee of a law firm representing the inmate, Davenport police said.

Audrey Elaine Slyter, 30, of 1805 N. Elsie Ave., is charged with one count of on-going criminal activity, first-degree theft and conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony.

On-going criminal activity is a Class B felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to 25 years.

First-degree theft is a Class C felony that carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence, while the conspiracy charge is a Class D felony that carries a maximum five-year prison sentence.

According to the arrest affidavits filed by Davenport Police Detective Jason Gillaspie, from Feb. 14 through June 23, Slyter and at least two other co-defendants presented themselves as employees of a law firm representing a current Iowa Department of Corrections inmate.

Slyter and her accomplices told the inmate’s grandparent that money was needed for attorney’s fees and for the inmate’s medical needs that required payment, according to the affidavits.

During the four months of the scam, Slyter and her co-conspirators received 20 checks totaling $35,875.87 from the victim, according to the affidavits.

Neither Slyter nor her accomplices are members of any law firm, and none of the funds obtained were used for the victim’s grandson.

Police are working on filing charges against Slyter’s co-defendants.

Slyter was arrested early Wednesday by Davenport police.

She was being held Wednesday night in the Scott County Jail on $40,000 bond cash or surety.

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