A Cherokee Village house cleaner is accused of stealing a wallet from a client's home and then using two of the client's debit cards to purchase more than $750 of merchandise.
Alice Warden, 37, is charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and theft of property, both class C felonies. Warden was arrested May 2.
Jamie Sue Hinze notified Cherokee Village Police April 18 that her wallet and two rings had been taken from her home the day before, said Cherokee Village Sgt. Ric Morris.
Hinze said Warden, her house cleaner, had been at her home the morning of April 17, Morris said. After Warden left the home, Hinze left for an appointment. On the way, she noticed her wallet was not in her purse, Morris said. She told police went back home to look for the wallet and found a ring missing. On closer examination, she found another ring missing, Morris said.
After contacting her banks, Hinze found that two debit cards had been used, Morris said. The cards were used April 17 at First National Banking Company in Ash Flat for $252, April 17 at Flash Market in Ash Flat for $15.07, April 18 at Citgo in Glencoe for $45.06, April 19 at Rebel Station in Hardy for $202, April 19 at Great Southern Bank in Missouri for $252, he said.
On April 19 Morris and Wendell Lane interviewed Warden who denied any involvement in the theft, Morris said. A review of the surveillance video from the FNBC ATM in Ash Flat revealed Warden using the card, he said.
In another matter, local artist Carol Funke notified police April 30 regarding a fraudulent cashier's check she received from someone wanting to purchase some of her artwork.
A woman by the name of Judy Roberts with an address of Cape Town, South Africa, contacted Funke wanting to purchase $1,195 of her artwork she observed on Funke's Web site, Morris said. Roberts sent Funke a cashier's check for $4,500 telling Funke to cash the check and give the excess to the shipper when the artwork was picked up, he said.
Funke called Farmers State Bank, the bank the check was issued from, Morris said. Bank employees told her the check was a fraud, he said. Funke then contacted police.
Morris said bank officials told him they had been investigating similar frauds for more than a year. The investigation has been turned over to the FBI.
No arrests have been made.