Randolph County woman faces 17 felony charges

ELKINS — An area woman who is facing more than a dozen felony charges and is accused of using checks and a credit card belonging to a woman she served as a caretaker for had her preliminary hearing continued Friday in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

Loretta Louise Monk, 44, of Elkins, is charged with 17 felony counts of fraud in connection with access devices. She was released on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond, set by Randolph County Magistrate George M. “Mike” Riggleman.

The hearing was reset for April 27.

Randolph County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Leckta Poling represented the state while Monk appeared with David Fuellhart as defense counsel. Randolph County Chief Magistrate Ben Shepler presided.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 6, Senior Trooper S.W. Shahan, of the West Virginia State Police, received a complaint from a man who said he believed his mother’s caretaker had fraudulently used her bank account to make purchases, according to documents filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

The man said Monk was serving as his mother’s caretaker during the time of the unapproved charges.

He added Monk had permission to use the bank care for “necessary items” for his mother and only with her approval, according to the complaint.

The complainant said he and his mother went through a copy of her bank statement and located 17 unapproved charges, totaling approximately $3,225.96, the complaint states. The man said there was a charge to AT&T and they had no service plan through that company.

At approximately 7 p.m. on Jan. 20, Shahan met with Monk, who said she only used the credit card at Wal-Mart and Peebles to buy items for the alleged victim, police said. She also reportedly admitted to having an AT&T service plan when asked by authorities.

At approximately 9 a.m. on Jan. 23, Shahan obtained a public service phone number to a company that was showing a $1,900.80 charge. He was told the company was located in Utah and was a distribution center for beauty and hair care products, the complaint states.