Use of debit card nets fraud charges

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By Natasha LaFayette



The investigation of the alleged theft of a debit card resulted in the arrest of Amber Leann Etters, 20, LaFollette.

With seven counts of forgery and seven counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, Etters was consciously spending money that was not hers, explained sheriff’s department Detective Jamie Hall.

For several months the victim had allegedly not checked her bank statement, said Sheriff Gary Perkins.

When the money was noticed missing from the account, the victim notified the sheriff’s department at the beginning of March.

Etters allegedly used the account number to put minutes on her cell phone, according to Hall.

Hall stated Etters was dating the victim’s son and was given the account number at first to put minutes on a cellular phone. However, Etters allegedly continued to use the card number for small purchases without the victim’s consent, said Hall.

Along with charges of forgery and fraudulent use of a credit card, Etters was also charged with theft of property under $500.

Etters was released from jail the same day with a signature bond of $10,000.