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Woman pays court fine with stolen credit card

Maria Elena Booker

Maria Elena Booker

Yavapai County sheriff's deputies arrested a Cornville woman on Monday after she allegedly used a credit card taken from a stolen purse to pay a court fine, a spokesman said.

Deputies booked Maria Elena Booker, 40, into the Camp Verde jail on charges that included two counts of receiving a fraudulently obtained credit card, four counts of assuming false ID to defraud, four counts of theft of services, four counts of use of credit card without owner's consent and one count of burglary.

On Sunday, deputies responded to a call about a purse stolen in the 3100 block of Echo Canyon Road in Cornville. The victim told deputies she left her purse inside her unlocked vehicle parked in her driveway Saturday, and later that evening she noticed her purse missing, said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

The next day, she called the sheriff's office to report her stolen purse, which contained two credit cards, a cell phone, checkbooks and a digital camera.

On Monday, the victim told deputies that she'd learned from her bank that someone recently used her stolen credit cards to pay for a truck to be towed about a half-mile from her home.

During further investigation, deputies confirmed Booker allegedly used the victim's credit cards to pay two court fines, a car insurance bill and a phone bill, D'Evelyn said.

Deputies contacted Booker on Monday at her home in the 2800 block of Echo Canyon Road. After she consented to a search, deputies found the victim's cell phone, checkbooks and digital camera.

Booker told deputies she used the stolen credit cards, and they arrested her, D'Evelyn said.

Booker remains in custody on a $20,000 bond.

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