Beverly woman is charged with fraud
ELKINS — A Randolph County woman is behind bars after allegedly stealing a debit card and using it multiple times without permission.
Mercedes Nicole Isenhart, 21, of Beverly, is charged with 25 felony counts of fraud in connection with access devices. She is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $75,000 cash, surety or property bond, set by Randolph County Chief Magistrate Ben Shepler.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 25, West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper S.W. Shahan received a call regarding a stolen firearm and debit card.
Shahan spoke with the alleged victims, who said the firearm and debit card were in their vehicle outside of their residence and the items were last seen at approximately 8:30 p.m. the day prior, police said.
Roughly four hours later, Shahan received a call from the alleged victims saying the stolen debit card had been used and they were going to withdraw all the money from the account. Shahan told the alleged victims to get a copy of all the complete and attempted unauthorized transactions and cancel the credit card, the complaint states.
At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 26, Shahan received a copy of all the completed and attempted transactions from the alleged victim and noticed 25 transactions had been made between 1:42 p.m. on Dec. 25 and 8:23 p.m. on Dec. 26, according to the complaint.
Four of the transactions were completed successfully and the remainder were denied due to insufficient funds. One of the completed transactions was to Boost Mobile in the amount of $31.80 and the other three were to jailatm.com in the amount of $19.10, the complaint states.
At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 27, Shahan spoke to an official with Techfriends, the company that manages jailatm.com, police said.
Shahan obtained a list of the transactions made to jailatm.com from the stolen debit card as well as identification information from the depositor and recipient of the transactions.
The depositor was identified as Isenhart via the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org, which was utilized to process the transactions, the complaint states.
At approximately 10 a.m. on Jan. 3, Shahan spoke to a representative from TVRJ, who said the charges made to jailatm.com were for video calls to inmates. At approximately 9 a.m. on Jan. 24, Shahan spoke to another representative at TVRJ who said the videos were initiated by Isenhart, who was present in the videos.
At approximately 9 a.m. on Feb. 10, Shahan received copies of the videos from West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center. In reviewing the videos he saw Isenhart communicating with multiple inmates and displaying what appeared to be drug paraphernalia while stating “(expletive) the police,” the complaint states.
The videos are dated Dec. 25, which corresponds with the list of transactions made to jailatm.com with the stolen credit card, according to the complaint.
If convicted, Isenhart could be sentenced to not more than 10 years in the state penitentiary and fined not more than $10,000, or both, on each of the 25 counts.