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.