ALLEGED CREDIT CARD FRAUD BY CASHIER

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Appearing in courtroom 104 for bail this morning is 46-year-old Isabel Tapia-Adan.

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Tapia-Adan has a very heavy Spanish accent, but seems to understand English well. She’s fairly short, estimated at 5-foot-2, with shoulder length or longer hair, and a visible tan.

It is alleged that Tapia-Adan was working at the Dawson Road Wal-Mart as a cashier when she obtained a REAL concerned citizens credit card, then went on to rack up charges not only on the card. but in a court of law.

Charges listed before the court against Tapia-Adan are as follows:

  • Use of credit card 342 (1) (c) (i)
  • Use of credit card 342 (1) (c) (i)
  • Use of credit card 342 (1) (c) (i)
  • Possess credit card
  • Fraud under $5000
  • Fraud under $5000
  • Fraud under $5000

The court hears that Tapia-Adan, her husband, and children are from Mexico, and are hoping to gain permanent residency. Her husband is in court today, well dressed, groomed, and seems tense.

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The crown is consenting to her release but states that a no-surety undertaking with conditions would be needed to achieve that.

The crown recommends the following conditions:

  • Reside at her residence in the 400 block of Donald St West
  • No contact/communication with the complainant
  • Do not possess ID, bank cards or credit cards that are not in her name

Furthermore, Tapia-Adan is restricted from attending the following addresses:

  • Wal-Mart 1020 Dawson Road
  • Metro 640 River Stret
  • Safeway 1015 Dawson Road
  • Canadian Tire 939 Fort William Road
  • Superstore 600 Harbour Expressway

Defence lawyer Arturo Acosta consents to the conditions.

The crown attempts to have Tapia-Adan’s passport surrendered, due to allegations that she may leave the country.

Acosta notes that Tapia-Adan had a flight booked this morning to visit El- Salvador for 5 days, but considering her current legal troubles, that she will not be pursuing that vacation any longer.

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The justice of the peace declines to order Tapia-Adan’s passport surrendered after Acosta notes that Tapia-Adan’s children and husband both live, work, and go to school in Thunder Bay and that it is unlikely she will be a flight risk.

Tapia-Adan’s next court date is scheduled for June 1, 2018.

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