Several charged with fraud

Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com

November 3, 2013

Several people were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court this week who were accused of fraudulently using other people’s debit cards.

A debit card left in the ATM machine was too much of a temptation for two males in Logan.

According to the criminal complaint, Joey Clemons, 46, of Logan, went to a local ATM on Oct. 6 where the machine dispensed a card belonging to another person. Clemons reportedly put the card in his pocket and took it home. There he allegedly conspired with Tennis Ray Vance, 32, also of Logan, to go to the Little General Store on Water Street. At the store, Clemons put $35 of fuel in his personal vehicle while Vance went inside.

Vance reportedly made two purchases on the debit card in the amounts of $31.93 and $60.78. Vance also forged the name on the debit card for both purchases.

Both men were booked on Oct. 28 by the Logan Police Department following a warranted arrest. Vance was charged with two counts of fraudulent use of an access device and conspiracy. On the Southwestern Regional Jail website, Vance is listed as a parole violator. His bail was set at $25,000.

Clemons was charged with transferring and receiving stolen property and conspiracy. His bail was set at $2,500.

• Amy Selvey, 22, of Logan, was booked on Oct. 2, by the West Virginia State Police for three counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

According to the complaint, the victim notified the WVSP Logan Detachment on Sept. 22 that they had noticed their BB&T check card was missing from their wallet. The victim contacted the bank and found that the card had been used approximately eight times since their last transaction at Logan John Silvers. The fraudulent transactions were done at ATMs, Walmart and the Cora Rich Station in the amount of $2,500.

The victim reportedly told officers that Selvey stole the card when they allowed her to come to their residence to wash a load of clothes. The victim told also reported to officers that they “did not want to think she would do such a thing since they recently went her bond and was good to her”.

Officers obtained dates of the transactions and reviewed surveillance video at the Cora Rich Station and Walmart which showed Selvey each time making the purchases with the stolen card.

She was booked on a warranted arrest on Oct. 25. Her bail was set at $10,000.

• A Burkes Outlet employee has been accused of fraudulent schemes while on the job.

According to the complaint, the store’s loss protection officer advised the Logan Police Department that an unknown female would come into the store and select a buggy full of merchandise. She would then proceed to the checkout where Dixie A. Jessup, 27, of Holden, would allow the female to take the merchandise without paying for any of the items. Several of the offenses were caught on the store’s security cameras. Total amount of merchandise taken between December 24, 2012 and September 8, 2013 was $1,549.91.

Jessup was booked on a warranted arrest and her bail was set at $2,500.

In other court news:

• Candace Hope Ferrell, 27, was booked on Oct. 25 by the WVSP for possession of a controlled substance and giving false information. Her bail was set at $5,000.

• Pamela Ann Farley, 51, was booked on Oct. 26 by the WVSP for domestic battery and domestic assault 1st/2nd (by threats). Her bail was set at $2,500.

• Jeremy Allen Williams, 25, was booked on Oct. 27 by the LPD for obstructing, destruction of property and public intoxication. His bail was set at $2,000.

• Joshua Michael Ellis, 26, was booked on Oct. 27 for domestic assault 1st/2nd (by threats), domestic battery, petit larceny, 1st possession of marijuana less than 15 grams and trespassing. His bail was set at $5,000.

• Larry Eugene Gillman, 56, was booked on Oct. 31 by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department for delivery of a controlled substance and registration violation. His bail was set at $10,000.


Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in an indictment are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.