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City woman sentenced in credit card case

September 01, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

Using credit card receipts retrieved from trash cans behind a supermarket, a Hagerstown woman collected credit card numbers and went on a major shopping spree.

On Monday, Holley Alton Beck, 36, of the 900 block of Salem Avenue, was sentenced to eight years in prison for her crimes by Washington County Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone.

When released from the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup, she will be on probation for three years and must make restitution, estimated at about $2,900, in all cases, Boone ordered.

Beck, who was scheduled for a jury trial on Monday, instead entered a guilty plea to one count of misuse of credit card numbers.

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Boone imposed the maximum 15-year sentence and suspended all but eight years. Other credit card fraud charges were dropped in exchange for the plea.

Court records indicated the elaborate scheme began in 1996 when Beck come into possession of credit card receipts from the trash behind the Food Lion on Wilson Boulevard.

Using the numbers of legitimate credit cardholders, Beck had food delivered to her home, checked into hotels, bought jewelry, toys and pagers, court records said.

In June 1996, Beck used a stolen credit card number to purchase a $319 Pomeranian dog from Petland over the telephone, court records said.

Using an alias, she said the dog was a surprise for her daughter, Holley Beck, who would be coming into the store shortly, court records said.

When Beck arrived, the clerk was supposed to say the dog was hers, court records said. The clerk later told police that Beck - whom she picked out of a police photo array - even acted surprised.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Arthur Rozes said Beck has a lengthy criminal record in Maryland and other states.

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