Champaign woman accused of unlawful credit card use

Champaign woman accused of unlawful credit card use

URBANA — A Champaign woman on probation for stealing tens of thousands of dollars from her own grandparents has been criminally charged with taking financial advantage of another older person.

Phyllis Frazier, 49, who listed an address on County Road 1600 N, was charged Tuesday in Champaign County Circuit Court with two counts of unlawful use of a credit card for allegedly using the credit card of a 73-year-old Champaign man who is in a nursing home after having suffered a stroke.

According to Champaign police reports, the victim's family contacted police in August after a daughter tried to use her father's credit card to pay one of his bills and found that her access to the card had been blocked.

Champaign police Detective Pat Kelly looked further into the situation and found that Frazier, who was a friend of a daughter of the victim, had allegedly used his credit card to make withdrawals at an automated teller machine four different times in August. The withdrawals amounted to at least $1,700, the report said.

Frazier is on probation for aggravated financial identify theft for using her grandmother's identity to obtain credit and make purchases in her name.

Frazier pleaded guilty to that offense in May 2012, admitting that she made the unlawful purchases between April and August 2010. At her sentencing in July 2012, Judge Tom Difanis put her on four years of probation and ordered her to make restitution totaling $55,363 at a rate of $1,000 a month.

Court records show that Frazier still owes $54,883 of that amount.

Judge John Kennedy on Tuesday set Frazier's bond at $5,000 for the new Class 3 felony counts. She posted $500 cash and was released from jail. She's due back in court Dec. 17.

If convicted of the recently filed charges, Frazier faces penalties ranging from probation to two to five years in prison.

Court records show she also had two prior convictions from Georgia for writing bad checks and forgery.

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