Police: Worker steals card information, racks up $4K playing Facebook games
Belinda Fay Blake
CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
A hotel worker in Montgomery County is accused of stealing a customer's credit card and then charging more than $4,000 playing games on Facebook.
On Nov. 18, 2011 an Illinois woman was traveling to Florida and stopped for the night at the Super 8 Motel in Clarksville on Holiday Drive.
Police said the woman paid for the room using a credit card, but her information was copied and later used without her permission.
When the victim looked at her March 1, 2012, credit card statement, there were 42 fraudulent transactions totaling $4,159.99 between Feb. 1 and 17.
The victim filed a report with her local police department in Washington, IL, who conducted an investigation and traced the source of the illegal transactions to Belinda Fay Blake, 51, of Clarksville, TN, an employee of the Super 8 Motel.
All of the transactions, except one, were to Facebook.com for online gaming such as Farmville and Cityville. The one exception was a transaction for the purchase of computer security software.
On June 20, 2012, Illinois police contacted Clarksville police, who started investigating.
According to police, Blake admitted to using the Illinois woman's card information to make purchases for online gaming. Police said Blake also admitted to using several other people's credit card information to make purchases.
"It was absolutely infuriating," said the victim, who preferred to remain anonymous. "When I found out the charges were on Facebook and they were for imaginary things purchased with real money, I could not comprehend that amount of money being spent on something that isn't even real."
Blake is charged with illegal possession and use of a credit card. Her bond was set at $5,000.
When reached, Blake declined to comment on her charges. Officials at the Super 8 on Holiday Drive would not say if Blake had been let go, but employees did confirm she will not be at work for the next few days.
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