Clarion Man Accused of Lying to Police About Bank Fraud Held for Court
Court documents indicate the following charges against 35-year-old Patrick Ryan Wiegand were held for court on Tuesday, May 14:
– Criminal Attempt – Theft by Deception-False Impression, Felony 2
– False Reports – Reported Offense Did Not Occur, Misdemeanor 2
The charges have been transferred to the Clarion County Court of Common Pleas.
Wiegand remains lodged in the Clarion County Jail on $10,000.00 bail.
The charges stem from a report of unauthorized access to a bank card.
According to a criminal complaint filed by Clarion-base State Police, around 5:39 p.m. on March 21, 2019, Trooper Gray, of the Clarion-based State Police, was dispatched to the Clarion-based State Police barracks for a report of an access device fraud.
Trooper Gray made contact with Patrick Wiegand who related that he lost his Green Dot bank card on February 28, 2019, and discovered fraudulent transactions occurred on his card from that date through March 4. Wiegand related that 18 transactions occurred that he did not authorize; he said he needed a police incident number to turn in to Green Dot Bank to get reimbursement.
On March 22, Troopers Gray and Wilson investigated four transactions that occurred at the Walmart store in Monroe Township: one on February 28, and three on March 1, all totaling $2,216.47.
The complaint notes that Walmart security was able to pull surveillance video and photos that show
Wiegand using http://www.exploreclarion.com/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=pagethe card for all of the transactions.
Trooper Gray then investigated one transaction that occurred at Frank’s Pizza and Chicken on Rochester Road in Pittsburgh in the amount of $38.50. The two internal receipts contained the purchaser’s first name, the date of the transaction, a phone number of the purchaser, and the last four digits of the credit card used. The complaint notes that the first name matched Wiegand’s name, the phone number matched the number Wiegand gave Trooper Gray, and the last four digits of the card match the card Wiegand reported.
Finally, Trooper Gray investigated two transactions that occurred on March 1 at a gas station located along Route 68 in Clarion.
According to the complaint, on April 8, the company sent Trooper Gray a DC containing surveillance footage of Wiegand’s transactions, which shows Wiegand using the credit card himself at the location.
Wiegand was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Timothy P. Schill at 10:10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30.
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