Credit Card Scam Sentencing 06 Sep 12

A Wabasso woman who used a credit card scam to make more than $22,000 worth of purchases in New Ulm has been sentenced to 10 days in jail and 10 years of supervised probation. 49-year-old Pamela J. Holmes was accused of running a Discover Card “account takeover scheme” involving several accounts. The scam involves the criminal adding themselves to a victim’s credit card account and having an additional card sent to the perpetrator. Holmes then used those bogus credit cards multiple times in New Ulm, including at Wal-Mart, Target, Bauer’s Do It Best Hardware, and United Prairie Bank. The victims of the scam were reportedly from Massachusetts and Arizona. Holmes was convicted of felony credit card fraud earlier this week in Brown County Court, and was ordered to pay $22,240 in restitution.