Hempfield woman charged with bilking $36K from relatives accused of more thefts
A Hempfield Township woman awaiting a hearing for allegedly bilking relatives out of more than $36,000 by forging checks and establishing credit accounts in their names had her unsecured bond revoked Tuesday after state police filed additional criminal charges against her.
Alanna C. Ferrett, 27, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of access device fraud, identity theft and theft by state police in Greeensburg. District Judge Mark Mansour changed the terms of Ferrett’s $50,000 unsecured bond to $125,000 straight cash in view of the new complaints.
Mansour ordered Ferrett held in the Westmoreland County Prison after she failed to post bail.
Ferrett was awaiting a preliminary hearing in connection with the original theft charges troopers filed in February.
Trooper Evan Terek reported the thefts were discovered when a relative checked the status of a credit account she thought was paid off and found her account had a balance of $10,639, according to an affidavit filed before Mansour.
Terek alleges in complaints filed this week that another relative discovered that Ferrett unlawfully opened an credit account in her name where she is accused of charging another $2,785.
In addition, Ferrett is charged with access device fraud by Terek after he found photographs of a neighbor’s checkbook with bank account numbers taken while reviewing photographs on a cell phone seized from Ferrett earlier this year. Ferrett was also charged by Terek with theft, identity theft and access device fraud for allegedly making $1,360 in purchases, including an iPhone from AT & T, using a Jeannette woman’s personal information without her knowledge.
Preliminary hearings on the complaints are scheduled Aug. 24 before Mansour.
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