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Virginia couple accused of charging almost $10,000 on stolen card

Jeff Bobo • Sep 22, 2009 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Virginia couple accused of running up nearly $10,000 in charges on a Lee County man’s credit card in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee will face 71 counts in Rogersville alone.

Jeffery Lynn Holt, 36, of Dryden and Chelsey Brianne Thompson, 19, of Blackwater are scheduled to appear for arraignment in Hawkins County Sessions Court on charges including 21 counts of forgery, 21 counts of identity theft, and 29 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

The charges were filed by Rogersville Police Department Detective Joey Maddox, and according to Maddox, his charges are just the tip of the iceberg.

In Rogersville alone, the couple allegedly ran up $2,224 in fraudulent credit card expenditures.

On Aug. 10, victim Ralph Lipps received a credit card bill for $9,945 and notified Lee County Sheriff’s Office detectives. At that time, Lipps also contacted the credit card company and canceled the card.

A Lee County detective acquired the list of charges and forwarded it to the RPD due to Lipps’ card being used numerous times in Rogersville between July 6 and 26.

Holt and Thompson were subsequently arrested in Sullivan County, where they face numerous charges stemming from use of the same credit card.

Maddox stated in the arrest warrant that he went to the Sullivan County Jail and interviewed Holt, who allegedly admitted to stealing Lipps’ credit card and using it numerous times in Rogersville and other areas in the region without permission.

Their favorite place to use the card was allegedly at the Rogersville Wal-Mart, where it was used 16 times. They also allegedly used it at Walgreens, Advance Auto and CVS Pharmacy.

There was no available count on the number of charges the couple face in other jurisdictions.

“It’s a lot,” Maddox told the Times-News. “Probably a lot more than we have.”

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