Gum-chewing Smoker Tries to Use Someone Else’s Credit Card
News from Patch.com:

This much we know about one particular credit card thief: He or she smokes and likes to chew gum.

Police may know more. Presuming the Upper Milford Township mini-market where fraudulent purchases recently were attempted had a surveillance camera, they may even have the suspect’s description. But for now, we’re likely just talking about a gum-chewing smoker.

According to state police at Fogelsville, someone attempted to make a credit card purchase at 5:01 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Hess station, 4002 Chestnut St. The person wanted to buy two cartons of cigarettes and a pack of gum totaling $ 121.84. However, the transaction was rejected because it was determined the card had been stolen.

The customer fled without the merchandise, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-395-1438.

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Ex-aide to Sacramento mayor arrested, accused of theft of public funds
News from Sacramento Bee:

An investigation into the misuse of credit cards at Sacramento City Hall culminated in the arrest Tuesday of Lisa Serna-Mayorga, a former aide to Mayor Kevin Johnson.

With bail set at $ 50,000, she was booked into the Sacramento County jail on various felony counts, including the misappropriation and grand theft of public funds. She was released late Tuesday.

“As I said when this issue came to light last summer, I am saddened by this news,” Johnson said in a written statement. “The city moved swiftly to investigate and also conducted an audit of credit card use citywide. As charges have been filed, it would be inappropriate for me or my office to comment on any of the details. As the judicial process takes its course, our thoughts are with her family.”

Serna-Mayorga, 40, is the daughter of the late Mayor Joe Serna Jr. and is the sister of Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna.

“I loved my sister before this incident, I love her now, and I will continue to do so as she deals with this,” he said in a statement issued after her arrest.

The arrest followed a Sacramento Police Department investigation, requested in August by City Manager John Shirey, into possible criminal misconduct by Serna-Mayorga.

As council operations manager from December 2008 to July 2012, she served as office manager for the mayor and counc…………… continues on Sacramento Bee

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Check credit card perks before you shop

Posted by administrator | 19/12/12 | Tagged Credit Card

Check credit card perks before you shop
News from CBS News:

(MoneyWatch) There’s only about a week left to do your holiday shopping, which means that many of us — especially me — will be busily making up for lost time over the next few days. Recently, though, I got a good reminder about why it’s important to use the right credit card for your holiday purchases.

On the personal finance blog WiseBread, Elizabeth Lang recently recounted the tale of her two-year-old microwave oven purchase. Apparently, despite due diligence on the research front, the oven stopped working nearly a year out of warranty.

After researching the fix and discovering it was too costly to be worth doing, she was ready to give up on the purchase. But then she remembered that her credit card offered an extended warranty on purchases made with the card.

Lang had used an American Express card to buy the microwave, a card which includes this special feature:

Extend Your Warranty — Extended Warranty can extend the terms of the original U.S. manufacturer’s warranty for up to one additional ye…………… continues on CBS News

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