By: John Roberts
|Belinda Fay Blake|
A hotel worker in Montgomery County is accused of stealing a customer's credit card and charging more than $4,000 to the card by playing games on Facebook.
A woman from Illinois was traveling to Florida and stopped for the night at the Super 8 Motel in Clarksville.
Police said the woman paid for the room by credit card, but the information was later copied and used without your permission.
When the victim looked on the statement of the credit card, there were 42 fraudulent transactions totaling $4,159.99.
The victim filed a report with the police department in Washington, Illinois, which conducted an investigation and traced the origin of illegal transactions to Belinda Fay Blake, 51, of Clarksville, TN, an employee of Super 8 Motel.
All transactions, except one, went to Facebook.com for free online games like Farmville and Cityville. The only exception was a transaction for the purchase of security software.
Police in Illinois contacted the Clarksville police, who began investigating.
Police said Blake admitted using the information of the Illinois woman to shop for games online.
According to police, Blake also admitted using other people's credit card information to make purchases.
"It is absolutely outrageous," said the victim, who asked to remain anonymous. "When I learned that the charges were made on facebook and imaginary things that were purchased for real money, I could not comprehend that amount of money spent on something that is not even real."
Blake is accused of illegal possession and use of a credit card. Her bail was set at $5,000.
Officials at the Super 8 Motel on Holiday Drive would not say if Blake had been let go, but employees confirmed that she will not be at work the next few days.