Woman charged in phone card scheme

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Alexandrea Petty

NASHVILLE- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today arrested a Robertson County woman after an investigation revealed that she was running a scheme involving Walmart and Straightalk phone cards resulting in her stealing more than $200,000.

 Last month, the Robertson County grand jury indicted 21-year-old Alexandrea Petty, of Springfield, on one count of theft over $60,000. On several occasions between June 2012 and October 2013, Petty acted like a Wal-Mart supervisor and called Tracfone to activate stolen Straightalk phone cards by verifying times the activation system was down.  Petty then sold the cards at a discounted rate to various people throughout Robertson County or returned the cards to Wal-Mart to receive a refund. The loss to Wal-Mart is approximately $18,000 for the returned cards and Tracfone, which owns Straightalk, lost nearly $215,000 for the falsely activated minutes.

 Petty was taken into custody this morning at her parent’s Springfield home and booked into the Robertson County Jail on $10,000.



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