Troy woman arrested for identity theft

(Source: Troy Police Department)
(Source: Troy Police Department)

TROY, AL (WSFA) - According to information released by Chief Anthony Everage, Troy police have arrested a woman for two counts of identity theft.

56-year-old Ramona Watson turned herself into police Thursday afternoon.

In early May, several board members were alerted to the possibility that financial irregularities were occurring at the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) including irregularities involving use of a corporate credit card.

Watson resigned on May 13, 2011.

After her resignation, the board discovered the existence of a second credit card, which was opened in the name of the CAC without authorization.

The account was opened in the name of the CAC, with a board member and an employee listed as primary cardholders. All the charges incurred were on the card assigned to the board member, who had no knowledge of the card's existence. The account balance on the card was over $19,000.

The arrests are the result of the discovery of the unapproved cards. Watson's bond is set at $2,500 in each case. She was transferred to the Pike County Jail.

The CAC, which serves Pike, Barbour, Coffee and Crenshaw counties, operates on a budget of less than $200,000 a year. It is funded in part by state and federal grants and in large part by donations. Board members have worked with the grant funding agencies and it appears that none of our grants are at risk.

Board members believe all donated funds have been properly disbursed.

This case is still under investigation by the Troy Police Department.

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