Apparently, people like Lynnette Batey. Batey, 33, of 3300 Bowling St. SW, is accused of using her 82-year-old grandmother’s identity for more than a year to open credit card accounts, buying a computer, clothing, etc. etc.

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She’s accused of identity theft, getting more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from places like Dillard’s and Menard’s between Feb. 1, 2007 and March 13 of this year. The Dell Financial account to buy the computer was opened on a computer at HACAP in Hiawatha, where Batey worked, Cedar Rapids police reported in a search warrant to comb through her computer files. The computer was sent to her home, which assessor’s records indicate she rents.

Her grandmother, Maxine Drallmeier of Cedar Rapids, reported the first identity thefts she noticed in June 2007. My gramma would whoop me silly if I ever did anything like that.

Batey has been twice convicted of small-time theft before, as well as driving on a suspended license. But at least when she was in high school, she “decided drugs weren’t for her,” according to the cutline underneath an Oct. 20, 1990 photo in our archives. She was holding a baby in the Metro High day care center.