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Woman convicted in $18,000 scheme

August 23, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

A scheme involving $18,000 in cash advances from overdrawn credit cards led to the conviction Thursday of a Hagerstown woman on 13 charges by a Washington County Circuit Court jury.

Cathy Lorraine Fogle, 46, of 16544 Fairview Road, was allowed to remain free pending completion of a pre-sentence investigation ordered by Judge W. Kennedy Boone III.

The jury convicted on six counts of bad checks, six counts of felony theft and one count of theft and scheme.

According to court records, Fogle wrote six cash advances on a Discover credit card and an MBNA credit card during the first week in February 1998 for amounts ranging from $2,500 to $4,850.

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In each case, Home Federal Savings Bank was the victim, at branches on Pennsylvania Avenue, Dual Highway and Jefferson Boulevard.

Court records said a woman called the banks in each case, representing herself as an agent of the credit card company and authorized the bank to honor the cash advances, even giving an authorization number.

All of the credit card accounts were overdrawn, court records said.

Investigations were launched by Hagerstown City Police, the Washington County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Secret Service. Those investigations led to the charges.

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