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Three college students charged with fraud and forgery

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Saline County Prosecuting Attorney charged three Missouri Valley College students for allegedly stealing and fraudulently using another person's credit cards.

Erin Monique Irvin and Morgan Taylor Smith, both of Kansas City, are charged with a class D felony of fraudulent use of credit/debit device (value of $500 or more) and three class C felony charges of forgery.

Charles Omar Downs, of Hollywood, Fla., is charged with a class D felony of fraudulent use of credit/debit device (value of $500 or more), three class C felony charges of forgery and a class C felony of theft/stealing (value of property or services is $500 or more but less than $25,000.)

Bond for all three was set at $10,000 each, cash or surety.

Irvin, Smith and Downs all face up to four years in department of corrections or up to one year in county jail and/or up to a $5,000 fine if convicted.

On Sunday, Nov. 11, officers responded to Goody's to investigate a stolen wallet/credit card. The victim stated that the wallet was missing from his vehicle that morning. That afternoon he was contacted by a manager of Goody's stating someone had attempted to use his American Express credit card.

The manager stated four subjects came in the store and attempted to purchase $788.06 of merchandise. The cashier recognized the name on the credit card and canceled the transaction.

Prior to the incident at Goody's, the victim's credit cards were used in three separate transactions at Walmart.

The total of all four transactions was $1003.39.

A Goody's employee identified the four subjects as Missouri Valley College students. Missouri Valley Dean of Students Heath Morgan was contacted to identify the subjects.

Contact Kelsey Alumbaugh at kalumbaugh@marshallnews.com

Editor's note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.

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