Hotel stay, gas earns indictment

Published 12:04 am Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Covington County grand jury has indicted an Andalusia woman on 41 counts of credit card fraud after she allegedly spent $3,500 on purchases – including a month-long stay at a local hotel.

Iesha Parker, 20, was arrested Saturday and is also facing one count of first-degree theft of property for the October 2012, incident, said Sgt. Jason Curry of the Andalusia Police Department.

Curry said Parker used a family friend’s card during a 12-day period before the crime was reported to the APD in November.

“The investigation showed that Ms. Parker used the credit card number at various locations around town,” Curry said. “She used it to purchase gas, a new motor for her car, some iTunes, and she even paid for 30 days at a hotel when her power was shut off at her house.”

Curry said he initially charged Parker with one count of theft; however, last week’s grand jury elected to charge her with each instance she used the credit card number.

Parker was released from the Covington County Jail on a $75,000 bond Monday.