Jennings County woman faces credit card forgery charge


An investigation of nearly two months led to the arrest Tuesday of a 62-year-old Jennings County woman on a forgery charge.

Catherine A. Demaree of North Vernon was arrested on the Level 5 felony charge at around 3 p.m. after North Vernon officers served a search warrant at her home at 719 Hoosier St.

According to a news release from Lt. Randall Marshall, an investigation of fraudulent credit card accounts led police to Demaree.

She was opening the accounts in other people’s names and using the credit cards to make purchases, Marshall said.

Police said they believe there may be other victims who may not know a credit card was issued in their names.

Detectives are in the process of contacting those individuals, Marshall said.

He advised people to have a credit check completed to help ensure their identity hasn’t been stolen or compromised.

Marshall said the investigation began in December after two people reported fraudulent charges on their credit cards. Police found multiple accounts had been opened in the two people’s names without their knowledge.

Police were able to determine the fraudulent cards had been obtained by Demaree and that she had used the cards at several stores and businesses in Jennings County and in surrounding counties, Marshall said.

Investigators found further evidence that the credit cards also were used to make purchases on the Internet and by telephone, Marshall added.

During a search of Demaree’s home, officers found a computer, cellphone and assorted documents associated with identity theft and credit card fraud, police said.

The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be released as it becomes available, Marshall said.

Demaree is being held on a $10,000 cash bond at the Jennings County Jail.

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