Woman arrested after falsely reporting debit card was stolen, police say

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 28, 2012, at 3:25 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor woman who claimed that her debit card was stolen and filed a police report to that effect used the same card to make purchases and later was arrested, according to police.

Megan Elizabeth McGraw, 26, was charged with aggravated forgery and filing a false public report, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

The sergeant said McGraw came into the Bangor police station on Feb. 13 reporting that her debit card had been stolen.

“She gave us some information for us to check on, she filled out a statement,” Edwards said.

After McGraw had filed her report with Officer James Polk, it was reviewed by Sgt. Paul Kenison. On Feb. 15 Polk went to the Walmart on Stillwater Avenue and was able to procure video surveillance of McGraw making purchases with the same card she had reported stolen, Edwards said.

McGraw repeatedly has denied to police that she made the purchases, according to Edwards.

“She’s denied this, but [Polk] has video evidence,” the sergeant said. “She made out a written, signed statement that she was never at Walmart, making these purchases with a debit card that she claims was stolen.”

The investigation was completed on Feb. 22 and McGraw was placed under arrest. In addition to aggravated forgery, a Class C felony, and filing a false public report, a Class D misdemeanor, she was charged with violating conditions of release.

McGraw was taken to the Penobscot County Jail and later released on bail.

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