Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Hailey man charged with debit card fraud

Suspect allegedly used card mailed to the wrong address

Express Staff Writer

Jesus Grimaldo-Fonseca

A man suspected of being an illegal immigrant has been accused of fraudulent use of a debit card after a Hailey bank mailed the card to the wrong address.

Jesus Grimaldo-Fonseca, a 24-year-old Hailey resident, has been charged in Blaine County Magistrate Court with felony fraudulent use of a financial transaction card. He remains incarcerated in the Blaine County Jail on $2,000 bond. Jail records state that there is an "immigration hold" on the suspect, which means he is set to be turned over to federal immigration authorities at the conclusion of incarceration on the Blaine County charge.

Hailey police reported Monday that Grimaldo-Fonseca allegedly used a debit card that D.L. Evans Bank in Hailey mailed to the wrong address. Instead of sending the card to a Ketchum post office box, it was mailed to a post office box with the same number in Hailey, said Police Chief Jeff Gunter.

Grimaldo-Fonseca was arrested on Monday, June 16, following a Hailey police investigation that started on May 1 when the missing card was first used for cash at an ATM at U.S. Bank in Bellevue, Gunter said.

Grimaldo-Fonseca allegedly used the card four times that day to withdraw $40 in cash each time. Gunter said several other attempts to use the card, that day and later, were declined after the card was cancelled.

"We were able to track down by photographs who was using the card because there was several people sharing the post office box," Gunter said.

The post chief said bank records and ATM video were subpoenaed from U.S. Bank to identify the alleged thief.

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