Lawton Woman Charged with Credit Card Abuse

Wichita Falls, Texas -

A Lawton woman was arrested after police say she was using credit cards that had been altered.

Wichita Falls police say the incident happened back on August 8th of last year, when 34-year-old Keli Elizabeth Ghoulson told officers she was trying to buy items at Academy Sports.

Ghoulson said the card was denied, but according to the arrest affidavit, the Mastercard appeared to be altered and the original name and card number had been scratched off. The back magnetic strip also appeared scratched, making it unusable.

Officers searched Ghoulson's vehicle and found two notebooks containing more than 100 16 digit numbers, black embossing letters and sales receipts from Academy Sports in Wichita Falls, Texas and in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Records indicate that there were 81 compromised credit cards and more than $30,000 dollars in fraud loss.

A second arrest affidavit on Ghoulson states that a Harbor Freight receipt in the amount of just over $1,400 dollars was found in Ghoulson's possession, and that new items from that store were in the trunk of her vehicle.

Ghoulson told police she used a Green Dot card to make the purchases, but police say she used an altered credit/debit card.


Ghoulson has been charged with Fraudulent Use Or Possession Of Identifying Information and Credit Card Or Debit Card Abuse.