Man charged for allegedly using woman’s lost credit card

Published 7:01 am Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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Steven Joseph Drahos, 54, of Austin was charged with felony financial transaction card fraud – use without consent – on Monday in Mower County District Court.

According to the court complaint, an adult female met with an Austin police officer on May 6 and reported that she lost her wallet on May 4. She said her wallet contained her bank cards, driver’s license, and medical cards, and that her bank statement showed a fraudulent $305.95 charge in her account. She said the charge was made at Walgreens the previous day and a male subject purchased a prepaid Visa card.

Steven Joseph Drahos, 54

The officer obtained video surveillance of the fraudulent transaction from Walgreens. Another officer identified the suspect as Drahos.

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On May 15, law enforcement officers were dispatched to the KwikTrip store on 10th Place Northeast after Drahos was involved in an altercation. Police later located Drahos in the 500 block of Third Street Northwest, where he was arrested and transported to the Mower County Jail.

Drahos told police he received the woman’s credit card from an unknown female on either May 8 or 9. He said the unknown female asked him to use the credit card to buy groceries and that he bought some items at Walgreens and gave the merchandise to her. He indicated that one of the items was a $300 Visa gift card, which the female gave to him as “payment.”

An officer looked in the Drahos’ wallet and located a Visa gift card. He also found a PayPal debit card and a Walmart debit card in the names of two other individuals. Drahos said the PayPal debit card was given to him by the owner and he found the Walmart debit card “on the ground.”

A review of Drahos’ criminal record shows prior convictions for financial transaction card fraud. He is currently awaiting disposition on charges of drug possession in a school/park/public housing zone, financial transaction card fraud, and receiving stolen property in Blue Earth County.

Drahos will appear in court again on May 28.