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Greensburg woman faces hearing for fraud, identify theft

| Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012

A Greensburg woman faces a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. Wednesday before District Judge Charles Moore on charges of forgery and identity theft, among other counts, after she reportedly used a Yukon company's credit cards for personal purchases totaling $16,660.30.

Dawn Michelle Penzera-Lackey, 39, of 119 Odinwood Court, was charged on Friday with three counts each of forgery, access device fraud and identity theft and two counts of receiving stolen property at District Judge Jason Buczak's office.

According to the complaint, in December Pam Seigel was reviewing credit card statements from her husband's business, ARC Technologies, and found numerous irregular retail purchases, including charges at a rental car company on three different company credit cards.

She contacted Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Latrobe and was told that Lackey's name was on the rental agreement. Seigel reportedly confronted Lackey about the purchases, who confessed and said she would repay them. When she didn't make any attempt to repay the Seigels, state police at Belle Vernon were contacted.

Police found that a Wells Fargo MasterCard was used to pay $2,702.91 for a rental car on Nov. 16. They also found that a Chase Visa card was used from Nov. 2 to 6 to make a variety of purchases at retail stores totaling $7,784.34. Also, several purchases were made at a Giant Eagle, where Lackey used her own Giant Eagle Advantage card. The same card was used to pay a college board/SAT test for her son on Nov. 9, to pay her Verizon Wireless account on Nov. 15 and to purchase a laptop computer at Best Buy, where the warranty and software were registered to Lackey's son.

Another Wells Fargo MasterCard was used from Oct. 3 to Dec. 6 to make purchases at retailers totaling $6,173.05, and several purchases again at Giant Eagle with Lackey using her own Advantage card. In addition, the card was used to pay Lackey's Allegheny Power bill on Oct. 17.

Bail was set at $2,500.

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