Woman sentenced for stolen credit card spree

A Marietta woman was sentenced Monday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to serve nine more days in the Washington County Jail for racking up charges on a stolen credit card.

Abby L. Roach, 19, of 804 Fourth St., Marietta, and 24-year-old Ali Martin, of Marietta, have each pleaded guilty to their role in stealing and using a debit card left in a Marietta ATM machine on April 25.

“Ali and Abby were in the vehicle behind this one waiting to use the machine and they obtained this debit card,” said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.

The two women proceeded to use the card at several area locations including Walmart and Go Mart in Marietta and Smoker Friendly in Williamstown.

“They used it in abundance. Then they passed it to friends of theirs and it got used in abundance some more,” he said.

The card was not canceled for two days, and the fraudulent charges amounted to $1,935.

Only Roach and Martin were ultimately charged.

Roach pleaded guilty July 29 to receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony.

She was sentenced by Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth to 60 days in the Washington County Jail.

However, Roach has already been incarcerated on the charge for nearly two months, noted Burnworth.

“You’ll get credit for 51 days,” he said.

Burnworth did not give Roach credit for an additional 13 days she spent in a Franklin County jail before being transported to Washington County because she was incarcerated there on different charges, he said.

Roach was also sentenced to three years of community control and will be required to undergo evaluation for counseling at L&P Services and for the court’s “Thinking For A Change” program, a cognitive behavioral change program developed by The National Institute of Corrections.

Martin, who pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony count of theft, is scheduled to be sentenced by Burnworth Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Both women will be jointly responsible for the nearly $2,000 restitution, ordered Burnworth.

Roach has yet to plead or be sentenced on several drug-related charges for which she was indicted in July.

She was indicted in July as part of a large-scale heroin investigation on a second-degree felony count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a fourth-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs, two fifth-degree felony counts of complicity in drug trafficking and a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs.

Those charges stemmed from incidents unrelated to the debit card theft and are still pending, said Schneider.