SEGUIN, Texas (KXAN) – The Seguin Police Department says they want everyone to be on the lookout for a woman they’re calling a “career scam artist” who has been stealing money from people for at least seven years.
Police say Lisa Miculka, 46, tells people she is selling raffle tickets to help fund “kids with cancer,” but the money given to Miculka never makes it to the charity.
“I’ve been in law enforcement for a long time. This, to me, is almost as egregious as anything that we will ever come across,” said Seguin Police Department Deputy Chief Bruce Ure. “She is absolutely scamming people out of their money in the name of sick children.”
Miculka’s criminal record dates back to 1999 with various charges of fraud and theft. For the past seven years, Ure says she has been selling raffle tickets and even saying she was looking for sponsors for a St. Jude bowling tournament.
Ure believes there have been hundreds of victims from cities all around Central Texas including Seguin, Schertz, Cibolo, New Braunfels and other cities lining the I-35 corridor.
“She’s all over Central Texas right here and that’s just what we know of. We feel certain that she is all over the place,” said Ure.
According to court documents from Miculka’s latest arrest on Nov. 9, she was selling barbecue plates for her child who was in need of surgery. Investigators say her story would change from person to person.In court documents, Miculka tells detectives that she had a “money spending problem.”
“She will come across as a very, very sweet individual. When you look at her she looks very innocent and that’s part of the problem. Everybody expects a scam artist to be this big burly guy that looks horrible, but she’s not,” said Ure.
Miculka is out of jail on a $10,000. Ure says it’s likely she is already coming up with her next way to make money.
“We’re asking businesses to print her picture off and put it on their cash register, let people know that this person is bad and she is taking money in the name of children with cancer,” said Ure.
Police say if anyone is contacted by Miculka for something they believe is a scam, they should contact the Seguin Police Department.