Police: York woman used elderly dad’s credit card on $600 ‘shopping spree’

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJuly 25, 2013 

— A York woman has been charged with fraud after police say she went on a “shopping spree” with her elderly father’s debit card while he was hospitalized.

Police have charged Carrie Ballard Lynn, 40, of 439 East Old Limestone Road, with nine counts of financial transaction card fraud and one count of forgery, according to police documents. On Thursday, she was being held at the York County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

Police arrested Lynn after her 86-year-old father reported that she used his debit card without his permission on a “self-serving shopping spree,” said York Police Lt. Rich Caddell.

Lynn’s father reported the fraud to police on July 8 when he said he found credit card activity showing transactions that he did not make, according to a York police report. Police obtained the man’s credit card statements, which showed at least 12 unauthorized transactions totaling $621.

York County Sheriff’s deputies also investigated the incident because the credit card was stolen in their jurisdiction, police records show. A week later, a York police detective obtained video showing Lynn purchasing $179 worth of items from a Walmart in Gastonia, N.C., police documents show.

Police on Tuesday arrested Lynn on an outstanding warrant for fraudulent transactions she made at the Walmart in York, according to a report. On Wednesday, a York police detective questioned Lynn, who “admitted that she took the victim’s credit card” from the billfold in his bedroom while he was in the hospital a month ago.

She also told police she took a check from her father and wrote it to another man for $70 after they agreed he would deposit the money in his Family Trust checking account and give her back the cash, police said.

In 2000, she was sentenced to four years probation after she was convicted of four counts of forgery, according to records with the State Law Enforcement Division.

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