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Front Royal Woman Arrested and Charged With Elderly Fraud

Gail Henry, 51, has been charged with a total of five felony indictments involving credit card theft and fraud.
FRONT ROYAL, Va. - New technology now makes it easier for many of us to become victims of credit card fraud, especially the elderly.
 
There were 100 elderly fraud cases last year and 167 this year so far, a number that seems to only keep rising.
 
Gail Henry, 51, was indicted Monday for one count of credit card theft and four counts of credit card fraud against an elderly woman.
 
Henry served as an assistant for the victim several years before she was terminated in November 2011 for fraudulent charges on the victim's credit card.
 
The victim, Renee Speyer, 89, noticed several unauthorized transactions on her BB&T bank card totaling over $20,000 during the months of August, September, and October.
 
According to the press release, Speyer advised that she did not give anyone permission to use her card. The bulk of the transactions took place in Front Royal.
 
"We think we actually didn't take the card. She actually transcribed the numbers. She wrote them down, the numbers on the front and back, and all these transactions were done online," said Sergeant Jason Winner with the Front Royal Police Department.
 
According to Sergeant Winner, Henry has been charged with embezzlement in the past.
 
Two search warrants were served in January 2012 at Henry's residences in Front Royal and Flint Hill.
 
"The card was used on down payments of two separate vehicles. She used it at Kibler Furniture to purchase home furnishings. She used the card at Capital One Bank," said Winner.
 
The two cars were a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix and a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck.
 
Several items were taken from Henry's homes such as: televisions, clothing, miscellaneous mail, check books, and documents.
 
Detective Jason Ryman says the economy is to blame for the rising number elderly fraud cases.
 
"When times are good, you'll see fraud anyway. When times are bad, people are hurting for more money. They're going to do anything they can to try to make some money," said Ryman.
 
Ryman says the best preventative measure to take from becoming a victim is to simply question everything and never take anything for face value.
 
He also adds the elderly tend to be the target for a variety of reasons. Many of them are financially stable, have nest eggs, trust very easily, and are by themselves.
 
Henry was arrested on October 14, 2013. She was then released on bond. Her court date is still pending in the Warren County Circuit Court.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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