Philadel­phia woman charged with credit card fraud

The Colonial - - FRONT PAGE - By Dan Clark

A Philadel­phia woman has been charged with credit card fraud against her for­mer em­ployer.

Peggy Castaneda, 41, of the 1300 block of Ger­man­town Av­enue in Philadel­phia, is be­ing charged with theft by un­law­ful tak­ing, re­ceiv­ing stolen prop- erty and theft by fail­ing to make re­quired dis­po­si­tion of funds.

$FFoUGLnJ Wo WhH Df­fiGDvLW of prob­a­ble cause, the vic­tim re­ported that Castaneda worked for him as an ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant in Whitemarsh from June 28, 2012, to Aug. 2, 2013. On Aug. 3, 2012, the vic­tim gave Castaneda a credit card for the pur­pose of buy­ing items for him­self and his fam­ily when nec­es­sary.

On July 2, 2013, Castaneda gave the vic­tim no­tice she had found another job. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, her last day work­ing with the vic­tim was Aug. 2, 2013.

Po­lice al­lege that af­ter Castaneda left, the vic­tim did an au­dit on the credit card he had given her and he said he found 22 unau­tho­rized pur­chases on the credit card. Ac­cord­ing to WhH Df­fiGDvLW of SUobDbOH cause, Castaneda al­legedly bought ev­ery­thing from sun­glasses and con­cert tick­ets to air­plane tick­ets on the credit card.

Po­lice also al­lege on June 27, 2013, she with­drew $600 from an ATM on the credit card. She also al­legedly made with­draws of $600 on July 10, 19, 20 and 21.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Castaneda had made two pay­ments to the vic­tim to­tal­ing $700 Aug. 23 and Aug. 30 and has not paid any­thing back since. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the to­tal amount that Castaneda al­legedly stole was $6,843.01.

Po­lice sent a sum­mons to Castaneda who will have a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing in front of Dis­trict Judge Deb­o­rah Lukens Dec. 2 at 1: 15 p. m.

Photo by ADRI­ANNA HOFF

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