Woman used elderly man’s stolen debit card to spend $35,000

RICHLANDS, FL – A woman has been using a senior citizen’s debit card and bank account without her knowledge, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday. On November 2, 2020, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report from the Heritage Senior Living Home in Richlands that fraudulent activity appeared on one of their resident’s bank account.

An investigation revealed that the victim lost his wallet and later found fraudulent charges on his bank statement. Detectives learned that a former employee, Misty Dawn Holt took the victim’s debit card and charged in excess of $35,000 on the card.

Holt, 30-years-old, of Masters Court in New Bern, was arrested December 30, 2020, taken before a magistrate and charged with:  Felony Identity Theft, (35) Counts Felony Obtain Property by False Pretense, Misdemeanor Possession of Stolen Goods, She is currently in Onslow county Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident may call Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Det. C. Simmons at 910-989-4049 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2020013414 when calling. Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.