(SEYMOUR) - Aubrey Woods, of the Seymour Tribune reports, a man accused of stealing the credit card numbers of customers of his former employer in Seymour and buying items from that business using the stolen credit card numbers has received a suspended one-year jail sentence in Jackson Circuit Court.
John D. Carr, 30, of Scipio initially was charged with 15 counts of fraud against a financial institution in Sept. 2009. An additional charge of theft, a Class D felony, was added.
In April, Jackson Circuit Judge Bill Vance ordered Carr to serve one year in jail after Carr was found guilty on the theft charge. The state agreed to dismiss the 15 counts of fraud against a financial institution.
Vance suspended the jail sentence and ordered Carr to serve one year on supervised probation. Carr also was ordered to pay his former employer, Home Depot, $5,000 in restitution. If he completes his probation successfully, Carr may petition the court for Class A misdemeanor treatment.
The charges stem from allegations Carr used information from the credit cards of the customers of Home Depot, where he was working in 2008, to buy items from the company. Carr was arrested in September 2009 by North Vernon police.
At the time, Seymour Police Detective Chris Franklin said the investigation into Carr's alleged activities began in August 2008 after it was reported by his employer.
Franklin said Carr would use financial information from customer accounts to buy items from the business. That activity began sometime in April or May 2008.
"They ( the customers) became aware of it when they received their bills," Franklin said. The business was the main victim of the crime because none of the items Carr purchased there have been recovered.
None of the people from whom Carr stole information lost any money, but they are still victims, Franklin said. The banks backing the credit cards also were victims, he said.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Carr worked at Home Depot in Seymour in 2008. He was fired in July of that year, according to court papers.
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