Salisbury woman blames ex-boyfriend for using her debit card, receives money back on purchases she made
Published 1:27 pm Tuesday, May 5, 2015
By Shavonne Walker
Rowan County officials say a Salisbury woman remains behind bars after she used her own debit card to make purchases and then blamed it on her ex-boyfriend so she could receive cash from the bank.
Authorities charged Gina Marie Weiand-Hotard, 48, of the 2100 block of Airport Road, with five counts felony obtaining property by false pretenses and one count misdemeanor filing a false report to police radio broadcast.
According to a report, Weiand-Hotard told a sheriff’s deputy her ex-boyfriend stole her USAA Savings bank card and had made several unauthorized purchases with the card. However, authorities say she was seen on surveillance video at Walmart using the card.
On March 31, authorities said, she used the card for a $17.50 purchase from Smart Style and reported it as an unauthorized purchase. She then received cash from the bank based on the claim. On the same day, she bought $12.35 worth of items from Walmart and later received cash back from the bank.
Also on March 31, Weiand-Hotard bought $220.16 worth of items from Walmart, but claimed that amount in fraudulent purchases, investigators say. She bought $35.03 worth of tobacco products from Walmart on the same day and said it was an unauthorized transaction. She received cash back for that purchase.
Authorities said on April 2, Weiand-Hotard paid for $84.94 worth of items from Walmart with her own debit card.
Weiand-Hotard remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond.
She has pending 2014 court cases for driving while impaired, operating a vehicle without insurance and another driving while impaired infraction.