Sheriff: NC woman used her dead mother's credit card and forged checks

STANLY COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - An Albemarle woman is accused of purchasing hundreds of dollars worth of items using her deceased mother's credit card and forging checks against her parents' checking account.

On Thursday, Jan. 13, Frances Yvonne Strickland's daughter, Teresa Strickland Smith, reported that someone used her mother's credit card to make charges in excess of $790.  Smith also told officials that someone had forged several checks against her parents' checking account.

The Stanly County Sheriff's office said all of the credit card purchases were made in the Albemarle area by 49-year-old Barbara Dyson Burroughs who is Frances Strickland's other daughter, and Teresa Smith's sister.

Friday afternoon, the sheriff's office said Burroughs also passed several checks on her parents' account.

Burroughs was arrested and charged on Jan. 27 with one count of felonious identity theft, one count of financial card fraud, and 11 counts of obtaining property by false pretense.  In addition, she has been charged with 19 counts of forgery and uttering checks.

She is being held at the Stanly County Jail under a $15,000 secured bond.  Burroughs is scheduled to appear in Stanly County District Court on Monday, Feb. 21.

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