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BRIEF: Man admits to more than $11,000 in debit card fraud

August 25, 2014

By Adam Carlson, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Aug. 25--A Columbus man admitted to defrauding a burglary victim out of more than $11,000 in debit card charges, according to testimony in Columbus Recorder's Court last week.

Demarkis Dunham, 19, pleaded not guilty to six counts of financial transaction card fraud on Thursday.

Police said Dunham used a debit card that had been stolen in a March 2 robbery. Dunham then used this card in six fraudulent transactions, totaling $11,700, according to police testimony.

With ATM photos, police said they used media alerts to locate Dunham. A citizen's tip pointed police toward Dunham, who at that time was in jail on an unrelated burglary charge.

In interviews, Dunham identified himself as the man using the stolen card in those six fraudulent transactions, according to police testimony. Additional counts could be pending against him.

Dunham said he was not responsible for the March robbery. He said he'd been using the debit card as a "favor" to a friend, according to testimony.

The original robbery victim was unable to positively identify Dunham, police said in court.

Judge Michael Cielinski set a $5,000 bond for each of Dunham's six charges.


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