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KPD charges woman with fraudulent spending spree

July 1st, 2014 1:34 pm by Rain Smith

KPD charges woman with fraudulent spending spree

A woman who had been staying with a Kingsport acquaintance, and allegedly handed over the individual's "lost" credit cards as if she had found them, faces more than two dozen charges related to fraud and identity theft.

Alison Amara Amburgey, 31, of 113 Laurel Ave., Coeburn, Va., turned herself in at the Kingsport Police Department on Monday morning. An affidavit filed in Kingsport General Sessions Court states her arrest stems from incidents reported to police on June 13.

The victim, 52, was reportedly contacted in late May by Discover in regard to suspicious transactions on a credit card. A KPD incident report states the woman then found that the card was in fact missing, with Amburgey offering to "help her look" for it.

Shortly thereafter, Amburgey reportedly handed over the Discover card and a Citibank car, stating she had found them lying together. When questioned by the victim, Amburgey reportedly admitted to taking them.

Records state the victim later discovered a third credit card was missing and again confronted Amburgey, at which point she handed it over as well. Amburgey was then told to leave the residence of the victim, who had been letting her stay there.

Court records state the cards were fraudulently used by Amburgey on 13 occasions between May 27 and June 7. Purchases were made at 13 separate Kingsport stores, totaling $1,097.23.

Amburgey is charged with felony theft, 13 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, and 13 counts of identity theft. After turning herself in, she was booked into the city jail.

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