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MPD charges business owner with spending customer’s refund check


Marion Police Department has filed charges of illegal possession of a
credit/debit card and attempting to elude against
the owner of a local business. The criminal complaint in the case was signed
March 23 and filed in Perry
County District Court on
Tuesday, March 29.
In it, MPD’s Capt.
Robert Sykes wrote that
Monique McGaughy, who
owns The 334 Connection,
“did take, exercise control
over, or otherwise use…a
credit card or debit card,”
belonging to a customer of
The card, according to
the complaint, was a “Netspend card loaded with Federal funds.”
McGaughy’s business,
the 334 Connection, has a
storefront in the FoodValu
shopping center on Highway 5. From the appearance
of the complaint, McGaughy was offering tax
preparation services.
The document goes on to
charge that McGaughy
made several withdrawals
from the ATM at West Alabama Bank, as well as making wireless money
transfers with the CashApp
platform, all while “knowing that she did not have
consent from the owner.”
Sykes’ complaint document
says those charges happened “on or about
March 11” of this year.
The second charge, attempting to elude, comes
from ten days later, on
March 21. On that day,
Sykes’ complaint alleges,
McGaughy “did intentionally flee by any means from
anyone she knew to be a
law enforcement officer
who was attempting to arrest her.”
“Upon the scene,” the report says, “McGaughy
jumped into her silver
Chevy Malibu and sped off
at a high rate of speed, intentionally fleeing or attempting to elude law
enforcement officers.

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