New Port Richey
Hospital clerk faces credit card fraud charge
A 30-year-old employee at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital was charged Monday with grand theft and fraudulent use of a credit card after authorities say she used a patient's credit card to buy a cell phone. According to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Cynthia Cheek, of 7400 Carmel Ave., used the patient's credit card on May 28 to buy a phone at Best Buy that was valued at $481.49, the report said. Cheek tried to return the cell phone to the store on Monday and was arrested. Cheek obtained the victim's credit card number while registering her at the hospital, where Cheek worked in the admitting department, authorities said. Hospital officials said Tuesday that Cheek has been fired. Cheek posted $4,000 bail and was released Tuesday from the Land O'Lakes jail.
Past-due bills lead to fraud charge
A 49-year-old woman was charged Monday with fraud and identity theft after authorities say she used her 17-year-old son's name to open accounts with Verizon and The Tampa Tribune, then failed to pay the bills. Marcia K. Trocceli, of 1149 Concord Ave., opened the Verizon account in September 2007, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, and racked up $765.20 worth of phone services. Trocceli also began a subscription with The Tampa Tribune around the same time, the report said. Trocceli's son was incarcerated between June 2007 and March 2009, the report said, and was unaware his mother had opened the accounts until he began receiving collection notices. Her son resolved the balance owed to the Tribune, but still owes $765.20 to Verizon, the report said. Trocceli is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.
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