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Two People Face Charges After Stealing Credit Cards

Saturday, March 5th, 2011 at 11:45 am

A Minneapolis woman and an Isanti man are accused of breaking into a car and using stolen credit cards to purchase more than $2,000 worth of goods in Forest Lake.

According to the Washington County attorney’s office, on Feb. 18, 25-year-old Samantha Marie Petersen, was charged with five counts of financial transaction card fraud and on Feb. 24, 25-year-old Jason Lee Hollen, was charged with one count of fraud and one count of aiding and abetting fraud.

According to criminal complaints, Petersen allegedly broke into a woman’s vehicle and stole a purse on Jan. 8 in Wyoming, MN. The woman’s stolen credit cards were then used 22 times within two hours of being stolen, for a variety of purchases, including fast food, gas, electronics and gift cards.

Four of the charges against Petersen and one against Hollen are felonies, which carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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