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July 4, 2014

Preliminary hearing has been waived

By woman accused of stealing and using veteran’s credit card

FAIRMONT — A Shinnston resident accused of stealing and using a veteran’s credit card waived her preliminary hearing Thursday.

Georgia Sue White, 27, was arrested June 23 by the White Hall Police Department for allegedly attempting to make purchases with a West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility resident’s credit card that she stole.

White was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon but instead waived her hearing, according to White Hall Police Chief Geno Guerrieri.

According to the Marion County Magistrate Court, White posted her $50,000 bond through a bond service. She was being held at the North Central Regional Jail, with bond set at $50,000 in Marion County.

White was also being held on bond from Harrison County, set at $20,000.

Guerrieri said the case now goes to the grand jury in Marion County Circuit Court. He said either a plea agreement will be worked out or White could be indicted within the next term of court or the following term of court.

When White was arrested last month, she was charged with four counts of fraudulent use of access device and one count of forgery.

According to the criminal complaint, White stole Troy Chandler’s credit card and attempted to make four purchases with the card at Wal-Mart in White Hall on June 3.

Heather Miles, public relations coordinator with the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, confirmed that White was not a full-time state employee at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility in Clarksburg, where Chandler resides. Miles said White was employed by JK Staffing, a staffing agency the nursing facility uses.

The criminal complaint states that White obtained items from the shelves and placed them in a shopping cart. White then attempted to purchase items four times, with three of those transactions being denied.

White was successful in her first attempt of using Chandler’s credit card and purchased an item for $158.97. The complaint states that Chandler did not give White permission to use the card.

White, according to the complaint, attempted to purchase $1,642.99 worth of items on Chandler’s card.

Email Emily Gallagher at egallagher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.

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