A Beloit, Wisconsin woman will attend a preliminary hearing following an arrest on 10 counts of forgery. According to authorities, she allegedly charged $5,791 on her grandmother's credit card to support a heroin addiction. In early April, the woman's grandmother reported fraudulent activity on her credit cards to police. She stated that several of her credit cards had been stolen. The grandmother gave police her credit card statements that showed the fraudulent charges. The cards had allegedly been used at several businesses in Janesville.
According to the grandmother, she and her granddaughter had gone together to visit the woman's father who is in prison. The grandmother stated that she had left her purse in the trunk of her car. The woman went to the car to get something that she needed. The grandmother alleges that the woman stole the credit cards from her purse and used them to commit credit card fraud.
A police officer interviewed the woman and she admitted to stealing three of the cards. She and her boyfriend allegedly would receive heroin in exchange for filling dealers' cars with gasoline purchased with the stolen cards. In addition, the pair allegedly purchased copper pipes and wire that they would recycle in exchange for cash. They also allegedly purchased Suboxone at a drugstore with the cards.
This woman is facing serious forgery charges. If she is convicted of forgery, she may be facing a prison sentence and fines. She may also be facing probation time and community service. The woman is entitled to the representation of an attorney. A criminal defense attorney may be able to help her prepare for court. If she is convicted of forgery, an attorney may be able to negotiate with the judge for a reduced sentence.
Source: BDN Connection, " Hearing set for woman on credit card fraud ", Hillary Gavan, May 31, 2013