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Police and fire

  • Fatal crash near State & Coliseum
    A motorcyclist was speeding and doing a wheelie when he collided with a left-turning pickup truck on State Boulevard this afternoon, according to police.
  • Motorcyclist hurt in crash with car
    A male motorcyclist suffered serious head injuries and was taken to the hospital in critical condition Monday afternoon after his Suzuki collided with a Buick at a west-central intersection.
  • iAB Financial Bank in Grabill robbed
    A man robbed the iAB Financial Bank in Grabill this morning, making off with an undisclosed amount of money and fleeing in a two-door car driven by another man, Allen County police said today.

$40,000 credit card scheme brings charges

From August to October 2013, police believe Doris J. Hembree charged more than $48,000 to stolen credit cards.

Hembree, 58, of the 7100 block of Hickory Creek Drive, is charged with corrupt business influence and two counts of fraud. She also goes by the names of Doris J. Hunnicutt and Doris J. Baatz.

According to court documents filed in Allen Superior Court, Hembree was working with other unidentified people in a scheme carried out largely online. Using her information, the other people took over existing credit card accounts and then created new credit cards using her name and the valid information from the existing accounts.

Court documents do not outline exactly how the accounts were hijacked, but speculate it could have occurred in a number of ways including through the financial institution itself. The addresses on the cards are changed, a new card is generated by the financial institution and then sent to the new recipient.

In this case, it was Hembree, according to court documents. And in just a few months, she charged $48,456.96 on four different cards to buy a variety of electronics from Best Buy and Walmart. Those items were then shipped to other destinations using pre-purchased freight tickets provided to her.

It did not appear she had been arrested as of Monday evening.