Buckhannon man arrested for 65 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card

BUCKHANNON – An Upshur County man was arrested Thursday for allegedly using his girlfriend’s grandmother’s bank card more than 60 times to make various purchases without her knowledge or permission.

Dakota C. Cabic, 28, of Buckhannon, was arrested for 65 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, a felony, following a series of incidents that allegedly took place throughout June and July of 2022.

According to the criminal complaint filed in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office by Trooper First Class F.J. Turansky with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police, Cabic allegedly used the bank card in question 65 times between June 27, 2022, and July 29, 2022.

The file says that on Aug. 6, 2022, a woman came into the Buckhannon detachment of the WVSP to file a complaint alleging fraud. The victim told police that about a month ago, she was about to pay her water bill when she realized her bank account was overdrawn. After consulting with employees at Freedom Bank, she discovered someone had used her account to pay for video games and unnamed items on Cash App.

During the course of his investigation, Turansky interviewed the woman’s granddaughter’s boyfriend, identified as Cabic. Among other bits of information, Cabic allegedly told police that “he located [the victim’s] bank card inside a vehicle and wrote the number down” and subsequently used the card number several times to pay for PlayStation and Cash App purchases.”

“Mr. Cabic knew it was wrong, and he did not have permission to use the card,” Turansky wrote in the report.

Upon completing his investigation, Turansky concluded Cabic allegedly used the bank card 65 times to make $1,712.52 dollars-worth of purchases between June 27, 2022, and July 29, 2022.

Upshur County Magistrate Mark Davis set bail at $15,000 cash or surety, and as of Friday evening, Cabic remained incarcerated in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, according to the West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority.

The penalty for a conviction of each count of fraudulent use of a credit card is imprisonment for one to 10 years in the state penitentiary, or, in the discretion of the court, confinement in a regional jail for not more than one year and a fine ranging between $50 and $2,500.

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