Jemison woman faces charges of credit card fraud

Published 9:49 pm Thursday, January 15, 2009

Jemison Police arrested a woman yesterday on multiple charges of fraudulent use of a credit card.

Mickey Diane Hendrix, 54, of Jemison faces seven felony counts in Jemison with other charges pending in Thorsby and Calera. She allegedly used the credit card at Dollar General’s Jemison store, Jemison Chevron, and Sunny Foods at Exit 219 between Dec. 29 and Jan. 6.

Hendrix was identified with the help of store surveillance systems.

“People should be more careful with their credit card numbers and how they use them,” said Detective Jeff Moore of the Jemison Police Department, citing an increase in identity theft cases.

On average, the department handles about three identity theft cases per month, Moore said.

As of yesterday, it was unknown whether the credit card allegedly used by Hendrix was lost or stolen. The card was returned to its owner, however.

The fraudulent charges made to the card were small, ranging from $10 to $35 and totaling about $250.

“Still, each instance is a felony,” Moore said.

He thanked local business owners for their cooperation in the case and said businesses should keep their surveillance systems up to date.

Hendrix’s bond is set at $17,500.