Austin woman gets prison for financial transaction card fraud
Published 7:46 am Friday, December 15, 2017
Judge Christa M. Daily sentenced Anne Nicole Hammero, 34, of Austin to one year and one day at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee for felony financial transaction card fraud on Thursday in Mower County District Court. She pleaded guilty to the charge on Aug. 31 as part of a plea agreement.
She was also sentenced to 201 days in jail for gross misdemeanor financial transaction card fraud, but received credit for 201 days served.
Hammero was arrested in April after a relative and a friend contacted
police about unauthorized charges to their credit cards.
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A relative contacted police in March after noticing two unauthorized charges made at Walmart. One transaction, dated Feb. 22, was for $99.71. The other, dated Feb. 23, was for $180.87.
Walmart’s security manager provided police with surveillance footage of both transactions. Hammero was positively identified both times.
A friend of Hammero reported to police he noticed his credit card missing from his wallet earlier in the day on April 5. He checked his credit card statement and found three unauthorized purchases dated March 27: an unknown amount for a Red Box movie purchase, $4 at Kwik Trip and $11.99 on Hulu.com. He said he contacted Hulu.com customer support and learned Hammero, who had been at his home on March 25, made the charge.
An officer visited Hammero, who surrendered the card and told the officer she took it from the victim’s wallet. When asked why, Hammero said, “I don’t know.”
At the time, Hammero was on probation for drug and check forgery charges.