Woman indicted in phone scheme

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation charged a Robertson County woman Monday after an investigation revealed she was running a scheme involving Walmart and Straightalk phone cards resulting in her stealing more than $200,000, TBI agents said.
Dec 2, 2013
Alexandrea Petty

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation charged a Robertson County woman Monday after an investigation revealed she was running a scheme involving Walmart and Straightalk phone cards resulting in her stealing more than $200,000, TBI agents said.

Last month, the Robertson County grand jury indicted 21-year-old Alexandrea Petty, of Springfield, on one count of theft more than $60,000.

On several occasions between June 2012 and October 2013, TBI agents said Petty acted like a Walmart supervisor and called Tracfone to activate stolen Straightalk phone cards by verifying times the activation system was down.  Petty then apparently sold the cards at a discounted rate to various people throughout Robertson County or returned the cards to Walmart to receive refunds. The loss to Walmart is about $18,000 for the returned cards and Tracfone, which owns Straightalk, lost nearly $215,000 for the falsely activated minutes, TBI agents said.

Petty was taken into custody Monday morning at her parent’s Springfield home and booked into the Robertson County Jail on $10,000 bond.

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