4 Being Charged With Getting Man's Credit Card Information; Making Almost $7,000 In Purchases

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Richard Sanders
Richard Sanders

Four people are being charged with getting a man's credit card information and making almost $7,000 in purchases, police said.

Authorities said Richard Sanders, 42, of 197 Dandy Road, Signal Mountain, conspired with Amanda Keener, Virginia Bishop and Michael Chitwood to steal the man's credit card information.

They are being charged with identity theft, identity theft trafficking, criminal impersonation, crimnal conspiracy, theft over $1,000, forgery, illegal possession of a credit card and violation of the Tennessee Personal and Commercial Computer Act.

Police said Sanders had been working for the individual whose credit card information was stolen.

It was done by having a woman call and pose as a Dollar General clerk. The man gave her the credit card information over the phone.

Police said the group began making a number of online purchases using the number. The total was $6,923.85.

Ms. Keener and Ms. Bishop were identified when their phone numbers were used in conducting online transactions and an address associated with Ms. Keener was used as the shipping location for one of the orders placed online.

Money was also placed into Ms. Keener's fiance's jail accountant at the Sequatchie County Jail using the card.

Sanders was identified when the card was used online to place an order with Dominos Pizza in his name. Sanders went to the store to pick up the pizza and signed the receipt.

Chitwood was identified when he placed an order through the Guitar Center. He was identified by name by store clerks who knew him from previous interactions.

Chitwood also pawned one of the stolen items, it was stated.

Police said the victim was forced to fill out an Identity Theft Affidavit with the IRS and take steps to reconcile all the transactions with his bank.

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