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Police and fire


$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.