Broward County credit card fraud claims are taken seriously. Credit card fraud can be charged under federal or state laws. When charged as a state crime, it’s known as fraudulent use of a credit card. In a Florida appellate case, the defendant was convicted of multiple charges including fraudulent use of a credit card that violated Florida Statutes section 817.61.
On appeal, he argued only the lower court made a mistake in denying his motion for judgment of acquittal with regard to fraudulent use of a credit card. He claimed that in using the stolen credit card, he didn’t represent he was actually authorized to use it.
The case arose when the victim whose card was stolen was on retreat at a monastery when she got an alert her debit card had been used to charge something. The victim testified she didn’t give anybody permission to use the card. She knew she hadn’t made any charges and found her whole purse was missing. A monastery employee was told about the theft and said there’d been someone on the premises acting suspiciously and wearing a construction vest. The person tried to hide when he saw the employee.