Sheriff Darren Campbell stated On May 5, 2015 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received an incident report of Financial Card Fraud and Identity Theft. Detective Sgt. D. R. Getz with the Economic Crime Unit was assigned the case. According to the incident report the victim made a claim that his Wells Fargo Debit has been compromised and that he had found several hundred fraudulent transactions going back to November 2013 through January 2015 totaling over $50,000.00 of loss. The victim had already confronted the suspect but she had defaulted on the agreement to pay him back.
During the investigation Detectives had discovered that there were approximately 660 fraudulent charges to the victim’s account to either local businesses or online purchases via the Internet. Detectives were able to serve legal process on the businesses and discovered that all of the charges were in the suspect’s name. Detectives identified the suspect as Stephanie Clark Johnson, 56, of Mooresville NC. Detectives interviewed Mrs. Johnson and she admitted to using the debit card in question.
Detectives obtained a warrant for arrest on Stephanie Johnson for one count of financial card fraud and twenty five counts of identity theft. Mrs. Johnson was arrested on November 12, 2015 and received an $11,000.00 secured bond and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center.