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Wanted man in Hoke debit card scheme turns out to be woman

Posted April 7, 2011

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— A Hoke County woman disguised herself as a man to commit debit card fraud, authorities said Thursday.

In October, Marijo Webb reported to the Hoke County Sheriff's Office that someone had racked up $1,600 in charges on her debit card. She said she had lost the card and a slip of paper with her personal identification number outside a Walmart on U.S. Highway 401 in Raeford when she stopped to get some gas.

Investigators checked security videos from where the card had been used and saw the same man each time in a brown hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses.

"(We had) no leads. We went ahead and closed the case," sheriff's investigator Jose Garcia said.

Last month, Webb went to authorities again, saying her replacement debit card had been removed from her purse when she accidentally left it in a restroom of a Hardee's in Raeford. She said someone had withdrawn $1,000 from the account.

"I was called by the bank because it was twice in five months that her credit card got lost and her PIN number,” Garcia said.

Investigators again went to the security tapes and were surprised to see the same man in the brown sweatshirt and sunglasses using the second debit card.

Wanted man in Hoke debit card scheme turns out to be woman Wanted man in Hoke debit card scheme turns out to be woman

"This is the first time I've done a fraud investigation of this matter where it's the same guy," Garcia said. "I thought he was pretty lucky to find the same (victim)."

Deputies obtained a search warrant for Webb's home on Wallace McCain Road in Raeford and found a brown hooded sweatshirt, a pair of sunglasses and the driver's license that Webb had reported stolen from her purse, Garcia said.

Webb, 55, was arrested last week and charged with obtaining property by false pretense, attempting to obtain property by false pretense and two counts of filing a false report. She was released on a $15,000 bond.

She declined to comment on the charges Thursday when reached at the Daisy Patch Florist shop on North Main Street in Raeford, which she owns.

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  • Sherlock Apr 8, 2011

    Funny she/he reported it to the sheriff and his deputies could not figure it out, had to be a city cop that was doing his job right and not worring about votes. Raeford PD has finally gotten some good leadership since the last chief left. Keep up the great work.

  • Vietnam Vet Apr 8, 2011

    Not the brightest bulb in the lamp. STILL carrying AND losing a debit card WITH the PIN number. Doesn't learn from her mistakes...How convenient for whomever finds it!!! And what are the odds that the same person would find it??? Any other situation and I'd say it smacks of conspiracy?

  • michaelclay Apr 8, 2011

    udoowutchyalike, what do you mean in it together, it's the same person!!! The woman is the man!!!

  • JustAwful Apr 8, 2011

    Excuse me, I need to pick my jaw up off the floor. This is beyond stupid.

  • airbornemonty Apr 8, 2011

    The woman has the features of a disgruntled old man, she would have fooled me without even pretending to be one.

    To think that some women do look like a man is frightening.

  • seaturtles246 Apr 8, 2011

    Wow, some people are just NOT smart!

  • sammyg Apr 8, 2011

    Let me see if I have this right...Daisy Patch Florist by day & Dirty Rotten Thief by night? Diabolical!

  • udoowutchyalike Apr 8, 2011

    Looks like someone needs to be more careful with their debit/credit cards! They might be in it together.

  • JAT Apr 8, 2011

    Did she really think the cops would believe that the same "thief" stole her card both times and would remember her PIN number because she was too stupid to change it after the first time? This is just beyond stupid.

  • gassy1 Apr 7, 2011

    Good job on finding out this woman is dirty!!!!!!!!!She deserves everything she gets as punishment and wasting government time and resources!