A 45-year-old Saukville woman is facing a felony charge after using a credit card she opened in her dad's name to make purchases.
Kelly Nelson is out of custody on a $2,500 signature bond and is now awaiting a status hearing at 10 a.m. Feb. 14 in connection with the identity theft-financial gain charge. If convicted, Nelson faces $10,000 in fines and 6 years in prison.
Nelson's father received a letter in the mail on Dec. 6 that a credit card had been opened in his name, according to the criminal complaint. He did not open the Capital One account, and soon learned that his daughter was listed as an authorized user.
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The man called Capital One to make them aware of the fraudulent account, the complaint said, as he did not give permission for his daughter to open it. Nelson, he said, has opened cards using his name in the past without permission.
Law enforcement officials made contact with Capital One to learn how the account had been opened, the complaint said. Nelson had opened the card on Nov. 3 through the internet, using her dad's name, Social Security number and birthdate, but then using her address, e-mail address, phone number and maiden name.
Nelson admitted to police that she did use the card, but said she had responded to a pre-approved offer that she received in the mail for her dad — calling the company to activate the card. There is a balance of $280.16 on the account.
Nelson is not to make contact with her father or mother as conditions of the signature bond, and was also ordered to open no credit cards until the case is concluded.