BUCKHANNON – An Upshur County man was arrested over the weekend after allegedly stealing and using a debit card that was not his.
Israel J. Tenney, 36, of Buckhannon, was arrested Sunday, Sept. 3, on four counts of fraudulent use of an access device, a felony.
According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by Cpl. F.J. Turansky, with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police, on Aug. 6, 2023, Turansky was called to a residence on High School Drive in Upshur County in reference to fraud.
While at the residence, Turansky allegedly obtained a statement from the victim, identified as Justin Matthew Ireland, according to the report. Ireland told police he had received a message from First Community Bank regarding fraudulent activity on his debit card. When he checked, he discovered three unauthorized transactions, with two of the three having occurred at GoMart in Buckhannon with totals of $77.02 and $25.15. The third purchase was made at the local Speedway for $90.15, and there was also a fourth purchase attempted at the Par Mar Store, also known as “Cook’s,” but it was declined, the file states.
Turansky traveled to the above-listed locations and recovered surveillance video footage, which allegedly depicted a male subject, identified as Tenney, using the victim’s debit card.
Bail was set at $35,000.
The potential penalty for a conviction of fraudulent use of an access device is imprisonment for not less than one year and not more than 10 years in prison and a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $2,500.