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Credit cardfraud reportedin Georgetown

A woman using the alias Christine West is seen here in Ripley Federal Bank. West made off with $9,500 in cash advances from two banks using fake credit cards before leaving Georgetown.

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

A woman using a fake name, fake driver’s license, and fake credit card ran away with $9,000 from two Georgetown banks on Wednesday afternoon.

Georgetown Police Chief Rob Freeland revealed that a woman under the alias Christine West withdrew $7,000 from one bank and $2,500 from another in credit card advances before it was discovered that the transactions were fraudulent. After leaving Georgetown, West headed west towards Cincinnati, apparently stopping at Key Bank in Bethel.

Late Wednesday evening, West withdrew $8,000 in cash advances from Park National Bank in Amelia. On Thursday morning, she attempted to withdraw cash from Park National Bank at Eastgate Mall, but was unsuccessful.

West is using a Texas driver’s license that had her name and picture on it but linked to another woman after police executed a search on the license. West is traveling with two African-Americans, a male and a female, in a mid-to-full size SUV with Georgia license plates.

As of press time, West has not been apprehended by law enforcement.

“It sounds like she’s working with someone who knows what they’re doing,” Freeland said, referring to the credit card fraud.

Freeland has requested help from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is waiting for more videos and photos from the banks that West visited during her time in Georgetown. Freeland has also written to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to request a photo and more information on the suspect to see if the names match.

If you know the woman in the photos or have been in contact with her, contact the Georgetown Police Department at 937-378-6400 or call your local law enforcement agency.

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