A University of Memphis student knew his campus card was missing, but he thought he had accidentally thrown it away. Not until he applied for a replacement card did he realize his card was still active and being used to run up charges.
“I was eating lunch and had my card sitting on my tray,” said the student. “Before I left, I noticed it was gone.” But he didn’t report it lost right away. He didn’t, in fact, report the incident to police until he discovered someone else was using his card.
Since then, two university students have been charged with stealing not only his card, but another card as well. The two, one a university employee, were using the stolen cards to rack up vending machine charges totaling more than $50.
Both men admitted to using the students’ cards, according to police affidavits. They were charged with the fraudulent use of a credit or debit card, punishable by a $2,500 fine and up to about a year in jail.
A Memphis police detective said card thefts happen “numerous times each year, more so, early in the semester when students still have money on their card.”
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