Elkins woman facing felony charge

ELKINS — A Randolph County woman is facing a felony charge after allegedly stealing credit cards and using them for several transactions.

Nikki E. Frymyer, 23, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of fraudulent use of an access device. She is free on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, set by Randolph County Magistrate George M. “Mike” Riggleman.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, on June 6, Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputy D.D. Pennington received Frymyer’s case from the Elkins Police Department due to investigation being required outside of the city jurisdiction.

At approximately 11:35 a.m. on May 25, Senior Patrolman B.D. Tice, of the EPD, responded to an 11th Street residence for a report of an elderly male and female who had charges on their credit cards without their permission, police said.

Tice spoke with the alleged victims, who were being assisted by a home health care employee, the complaint states. The employee told him they were attempting to shut off their credit cards because they were “obviously compromised.”

Tice obtained account information on the credit cards and observed “several large purchases” had been made at the Walmart on the Beverly Five-lane near Elkins, police said. He spoke with a Walmart employee who provided him video surveillance of the subject who made the purchases.

Tice was advised by the health care employee that another in-home health care employee – identified as Frymyer – was taking care of the alleged victims, the complaint states.

EPD dispatch ran a license check on Frymyer, obtained her Division of Motor Vehicles photo and was identified as the individual making the purchases at Walmart. The Walmart employee told Tice that Frymyer made the purchases using pre-paid Visa credit cards, according to the complaint.

On May 26, Tice spoke with Frymyer and explained to her he was conducting an investigation regarding credit cards stolen from the alleged victims, police said. He also told her he had video surveillance of her making purchases at Walmart.

After being asked to turn the cards over, Frymyer told Tice she had two of four cards that were believed to be missing. She gave him an American Express card and Chase card, both belonging to the female alleged victim, according to court documents.

Frymyer added the woman’s Huntington Bank Credit card was in a drawer in the living room of the alleged victims and the man’s Kroger Visa card was also still at their residence, the complaint states. The second in-home health care provider was able to help them find those two cards.

On June 1, Tice received a call from Frymyer, who told him she had made contact with the alleged victims — through a third-party — in an attempt to make an agreement to pay off the charges on the cards. After reviewing bank statements, Tice discovered 15 transactions on the female’s Chase card totaling $1,515.19, and 14 transactions on the male’s Kroger Visa card totaling $1,008.32, according to the complaint.

If convicted, Frymyer could be sentenced to not more than 10 years in the state penitentiary, fined not more than $10,000, or both.