Local Man Sentenced For Credit Card Abuse

MCGREGOR (June 5, 2013)—A McGregor man was sentenced Wednesday in federal court after he earlier pleaded guilty to fraudulently using someone else’s credit card.

U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith sentenced Jeremy Scott Walden to 32 months in federal prison, and ordered Walden to pay $16,246.62 in restitution and a $100 special assessment to the court.

Walden was in custody Thursday in the McLennan County Jail on bonds totaling $140,000, on state charges of credit card abuse out of McLennan and Dallas counties and theft out of Johnson County.

A Waco federal court spokesman said Walden, 35, likely would be returned to state custody to dispose of the state charges, then would be transferred to federal prison to begin the sentence imposed on Wednesday.

In a court document presented at Walden’s plea hearing agents of the United State Secret Service said they, and the McGregor Police Department began investigating several instances of credit card abuse in July 2012.

The investigation revealed between June 22 and June 25, 2012, a group of three men had used a stolen credit card number to initiate 108 transactions valued totally at more than $17,000.

The card number the men were using originally was issued to a couple in Celina, Ohio but it had been cancelled after the owner noticed what he thought was fraudulent purchases using the card number.

Investigation also showed the card holder had not lost or misplaced his card and it had not been reported stolen.

Walden and the other men had purchased a credit card embossing machine over the internet and were using it to make fraudulent cards, the document said.

The other two men involved in the scheme have not yet been to court.