Woman charged with taking money from fake bank deposits

Published 10:40 am Friday, April 17, 2015

A woman from southeast Rowan County was arrested Thursday on a laundry list of charges after she allegedly obtained more than $1,000 by depositing empty envelopes into an ATM.

Alisha Renee Brinson, 29, of 1690 Rainey Road, was arrested Thursday night on 10 charges of obtaining property by false pretenses and one count of trespassing.

Brinson deposited four empty envelopes into a F&M Bank ATM, receiving a total of $1,080 credited to her account, according to warrants.

Six different transactions followed, warrants state. The transactions occurred on Wednesday and the ATM deposits occurred Tuesday, according to warrants.

Twice at the same Food Lion store, Brinson allegedly purchased merchandise at a cost of less than $2.50, requesting $100 in cash back both times. Warrants state the money she received from the transaction came from the deposits she made at the F&M Bank ATM. She also attempted to purchase $1.06 in merchandise and received $80 in cash back at the same Food Lion store.

At Walmart on South Arlington Street, Brinson allegedly purchased Coca-Cola and an energy drink with the money from the ATM deposits. During the same transaction, she requested $40 in cash back.

She was charged with trespassing in connection with the Walmart purchase.

In a fifth transaction at a convenience store, she allegedly purchased cigarettes, drinks and merchandise with money from the fraudulent ATM transactions.

Warrants state Brinson also purchased clothes from AnnaLu’s Children’s Consignment with money from the ATM.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.