Woman held on credit card fraud charges

Hillary Nicole Stout, 22, was arrested Friday on suspicion of 12 counts of identity theft, violation of bail bond conditions, and theft of more than $1,000, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

Stout, 2816 Eldora Court, is accused of using a stolen credit card during a trip April 8–10 to Denver, according to an arrest affidavit. Charges totaling $1,580.32 were made on the card on April 9, including $675 for Colorado Rockies tickets, a $303 pair of sunglasses, a $287 hotel stay, and charges for food, beer and body waxing.

The same day, the owner of the card said she received a call from the credit card company about recent account activity. The victim said she had not activated the card, the affidavit said. The owner canceled the card.

A person who traveled with Stout to Denver was contacted by police. She said she witnessed Stout using a credit card at several locations in Denver, according to the affidavit, but she did not realize the card belonged to someone else.

Stout was arrested at the police station and booked into the Mesa County Jail on suspicion of fraud by identity theft, theft of more than $1,000, a warrant for being a fugitive from another jurisdiction, and violation of bail-bond conditions stemming from a previous identity-theft case.


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