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Worker charged with using card

February 08, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

One count of felony theft and two credit card violations have been filed against a King's Jewelry store employee for allegedly using a customer's credit card number to purchase more than $2,000 in jewelry in December.

Dawn Malissa Bricker, 26, of 40 S. Cannon Ave., was employed at King's Jewelry, Prime Outlet Boulevard, at the time of the incident, according to Maryland State Police.

The store manager told police she got a call from a Baltimore woman who reported a $2,105.15 charge on her credit card - a purchase made on Dec. 27 at the Hagerstown store.

The woman said she didn't make the purchase nor was she even in Hagerstown that day. Her only transaction at the store had been on Dec. 11 when she used the same credit card from which the number was allegedly used to make the fraudulent purchases later, police reports said.

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An investigation revealed that the Dec. 27 purchase in Hagerstown had been made manually, not by scanning the card's magnetic strip, police reports said.

The receipt from the victim's bona fide purchase on Dec. 11 was kept in the store office and was accessible to employees, according to police reports.

In his investigation, Trooper First Class Michael Kretzer learned that the victim had never relinquished possession of her card and didn't have a duplicate card.

In addition, the victim had made another purchase with the same card in Towson, Md., at almost the same minute on the same day as the fraudulent transaction in Hagerstown, Kretzer said.

The Citicorp Fraud Investigation office was contacted and evidence was found that the Hagerstown purchase on Dec. 27 was made manually while with the Dec. 27 Towson purchase, the actual credit card was activated with the magnetic strip, police reports said.

Charges include felony theft, using credit card number of another, and obtaining goods fraudulently using a credit card.

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