Man Charged With 50 Counts of Debit Card Fraud in Franklin

| May 20, 2019

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – A 29-year-old man is facing 50 counts of debit card fraud in Franklin.

According to court documents, on May 14, the Franklin Police Department filed criminal charges against 29-year-old Steven Michael Kinney, of Erie.

The charges stem from an investigation that began on May 6 by the Franklin Police Department.

According to a criminal complaint, a known male victim came into the Franklin Police Department on May 6, 2019, around 2:04 p.m. to report that Steven Michael Kinney made several purchases using his debit/credit card between the dates of May 4, 2018, and August 30, 2018.

The victim informed Patrolman Wagner, of the Franklin Police Department, that he did not authorize Steven Kinney to use his bank card. He was unsure how Kinney acquired his card but stated that Kinney had been living with him on South Park Street, in Franklin, at the time, the complaint states.

The victim discovered the charges when his bank account had been overdrawn. He confronted Kinney who admitted to him that he made the purchases, claiming they were to pay off court fines. Kinney told the victim that he would pay him back, according to the complaint.

Steven Kinney has yet to make any attempt in repaying the victim, the complaint states.

Bank records show 48 transactions as a POS (Point of Sale)/VISA Purchase to Western Un-185 Berry Street, San Francisco, CA, starting on May 4, 2018, and continuing onto August 30, 2018, for a total amount of $1,448.46. Six transactions were for more than $50.00, while the remaining 42 transactions were for under $50.00 in various amounts.

Kinney was arraigned at 3:00 p.m. on May 16 in Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland’s office on the following charges:

– Access Device Issued to Another Who Did Not Authorize Use, Felony 3
– Access Device Issued to Another Who Did Not Authorize Use, Misdemeanor 1 (six counts)
– Access Device Issued to Another Who Did Not Authorize Use, Misdemeanor 2 (42 counts)
– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 1

Unable to post $10,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Venango County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on May 22 with Judge Kirtland presiding.

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