Fla. woman steals cellmate's debit card, pays for bail

A woman already incarcerated for petty theft involving shoplifting is now facing charges of identity theft and grand theft after she used her cellmate’s debit card to pay for her own bail


By C1 Staff

NAPLES, Fla. — A woman already incarcerated for petty theft involving shoplifting is now facing charges of identity theft and grand theft after she used her cellmate’s debit card to pay for her own bail.

Naples News reports that Crystal Dawn Stephens used the debit card number of her former cellmate to run up $1,733 in charges including purchases in the jail commissary, making phone calls, bonding out of jail and letting a friend buy a plane ticket.

The victim discovered the charges after she received her bank statement while serving time for leaving the scene of a crash, and after some investigation, verified that it was Stephens who used the debit card to make the charges.

The victim explained that she had written her debit card number down on a piece of paper when she was booked into the jail, before turning the card over. She kept the paper in a drawer next to her jail bunk bed.

Stephens admitted to taking the paper with the number on it and making the charges.

If convicted of the new charges, Stephens faces 15 years in state prison for fraud.

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