Boyd facing felony fraud charges

Published 11:52 am Tuesday, March 7, 2023

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Brewton resident Angel M. Boyd, 49, was arrested Thursday (March 2) on charges of fraudulent use of credit/debit card. The arrest came after a grand jury indicted her on 13 counts of fraud.
According to Escambia County Sheriff Heath Jackson, Boyd was the subject of an investigation following a complaint about the misuse of a credit card. Court documents indicate the fraudulent use of the card date back as far as November 2019.
“The indictment was the result of a fraud complaint that was filed in reference to unauthorized purchases that had been made a card that did not belong to Angel Boyd,” Jackson said. “This is still an active investigation and other charges are expected.”
Boyd was transported to the Escambia County Detention Center on Thursday following her arrest. She was held on a $100,000 bond but was released on Friday, Jackson said.
Boyd, who is listed as the aquatics director for the Brewton Area YMCA, is accused of using a Mastercard issued to Audrey Boyd, according to court documents.
In her initial appearance before Judge Jeffrey T. Stearns on March 3, Boyd had bond set in the case and was informed of the charges against her. After securing the services of attorney Earnest Ray White, a plea of not guilty was entered in the case on March 7.
The crime Boyd is accused of committing is a Class C felony under Alabama Law.
Court documents outline the 13 cases in which the card was fraudulently used citing that Boyd “did use a credit card or debit card, to-wit: one Bank of Brewton Mastercard, for the purpose of obtaining property or service with the knowledge that such card was stolen or had been revoked or canceled, or that the said Angel M. Boyd was unauthorized to use the same by either the issuer or the person to whom such credit card was issued, to-wit: Audrey Boyd, in violation of 13A-9-14(b) of the Code of Alabama.” All 13 counts in the indictment record were similarly accounted.
According to Alabama Law Section 13A-9-14, a person commits the crime of illegal possession of a credit or debit card if, knowing that he or she does not have the consent of the owner, he or she takes, exercises control over, or otherwise uses the card. A person commits the crime of fraudulent use of a credit card or debit card if he or she uses, attempts to use, or allows to be used, a credit card or debit card for the purpose of obtaining property, services, or anything else of value with knowledge that: (1) The card is stolen; or (2) The card has been revoked or cancelled; or (3) For any other reason the use of the card is unauthorized by either the issuer or the person to whom the credit card or debit card is issued.
No details on specific uses of the credit card in question have been released.
Attempts to reach officials at the Brewton Area YMCA to determine Boyd’s work/employment status with the organization were unsuccessful as of press time Tuesday.