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For Immediate Release: January 26, 2012
Contact: Lt. Vern Fisher (419) 826-5871


Patrol recovers gift cards and merchandise purchased with stolen credit cards


FRANKLIN TWP. – Two women from Chicago are facing felony charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers recovered 27 Wal-Mart gift cards and other merchandise, valued at more than $12,000, that had been purchased with stolen credit cards. In addition, troopers recovered 50 Visa debit cards with no receipt indicating the value of each card.

Troopers stopped a 1999 Chevrolet Venture, with Illinois registration, for a speed violation, on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 27, at approximately 2:30 a.m. this morning. Upon approaching the vehicle the trooper observed an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search revealed the gift cards and merchandise.

The driver, Alicia A. Spencer, 29, and passenger, Kellee M. Wilson, 30, both of Chicago, Ill., were incarcerated in the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio and charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second-degree felony and  receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony

If convicted, each could face up to nine-and-a-half years in prison and a $17,500 fine.

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