Woman pleads guilty to transaction card fraud

Published 8:39 am Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Tashonda Shenay Thomas, 25, of Austin pleaded guilty to felony financial transaction card fraud-use without consent as part of a plea agreement on Tuesday in Mower County District Court. She initially pleaded not guilty on Aug. 24.

A charge of felony financial transaction card fraud-use of a forged/false/fictitious card will be dropped at the sentencing.

Thomas was arrested in August after Austin Police were tipped off from a Maple Grove woman who said someone with an Austin address was using her credit card and T.J. Maxx account to make purchases and pay bills.

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The victim sent documents to the Austin Police indicating she had received a $15.56 credit to her T.J. Maxx account. When she tried to access it online, she discovered her home phone number, cell phone number and email address on her account had been changed and her home address had been changed to Thomas’ home address.

Reviews of the victim’s credit card statements showed the following unauthorized transactions:

•Two cash advances of $500 from the Austin Wells Fargo Bank dated April 12 and April 18, both with $20 advance fees;

•Two Charter Communications payments for $260.08 and $233.91 dated April 13; and

•Payment to Sprint Wireless for $97.98 dated April 19.

Thomas will be sentenced on May 17.