Woman facing theft charge

FAIRMONT — A 22-year-old woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County.

Laura Lynn Moeller, address unknown, has been charged with theft, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On March 23, a Sherburn/Welcome police officer received information regarding allegations of fraudulent charges made to a man’s bank account through First Farmers Bank of Trimont. The information provided showed a charge each month from June 2015 through December 2016 from the man’s bank account to a Best Buy credit account. The man had a Best Buy account, but the copies of the checks all show the payments in question were credited to a different Best Buy account.

The officer contacted Best Buy credit services, which indicated the account in question was owned by Moeller of Fairmont. Law enforcement then obtained a record of Moeller’s Best Buy credit account. Records showed payments made to her account between June 2015 and December 2016 that matched the amounts taken from the man’s account.

Each of Moeller’s statements also contained the following language, “You have asked us to automatically withdraw your monthly payments from your bank account ending in [four digits redacted].” The four digits listed in the statement corresponded to the last four digits of the man’s checking account. Law enforcement determined Moeller had set up an automatic payment of her Best Buy card from the man’s account.

The man indicated he did not give Moeller permission to take money from his account to pay for her Best Buy account. The amount of the unauthorized payments from his account in the given time period was $1,081.

Attempts by the authorities to locate Moeller have been unsuccessful, and her whereabouts are currently unknown.