COVINGTON, Ga. - Through a joint investigation with the Madison Police Department, the Newton County Sheriff's Office has arrested at least five individuals on charges of financial transaction card fraud after a Madison resident reported mysterious charges on a credit card she never received.
MPD Detective Andre Johnson told The Covington News a local resident filed an incident report after she noticed unknown charges were being made to a credit card in her name. Johnson said through the transaction history, his investigation led him to Newton County, where the cards were used at The Shoe Department, McDonalds, both Walmart locations, Raceway on Salem Road and Burger King.
Johnson was able to acquire security video from the Walmart on Salem Road and turned over his evidence to the Newton County Sheriff's Office to continue the investigation.
NCSO Investigator Clinton French filed warrants and has since apprehended five local individuals.
"We worked together to connect the people and see what was what," Johnson said crediting social media in helping to identify the suspects.
Marty Steven Rose, Carla Ann Swoger, Amanda Jean Pierce, Nicholas Wayne Ramey and Anthony Shon Daniel were all arrested and face charges as listed below:
- Daniel: probation violation, financial transaction card fraud
- Pierce: two counts of financial transaction card fraud
- Ramey: failure to appear for fingerprintable charge and bail jumping
- Rose: probation violation and three counts of financial transaction card fraud
- Swoger: three counts of financial transaction card fraud
Johnson said the investigation is ongoing.