A Charleroi mother and daughter were arrested Wednesday on charges of theft and conspiracy after they allegedly used bank account information from Charleroi Water Authority to pay personal bills.
Wanetta P. Scagline, 52, and her 22-year-old daughter, Samantha Scagline, are accused of using the account and routing numbers that were on a reimbursement check sent as a $1.55 refund in 2007 to make the payments.
An employee of the authority was reconciling bank statements when she noticed fraudulent activity on one of the accounts. She then contacted Charleroi Federal Savings Bank to review their records. They supplied her with the names of the businesses. She then contacted Charleroi Regional police.
Payments were made on three Cricket accounts in the names of Wanetta (Scagline) Tarpley and Samantha Scagline. Also paid were a bill for another woman for almost $175, a $201.90 Comcast bill that was in the name of Wanetta Scagline’s husband, and a $163.27 AT&T bill in the name of Samantha Scagline.
Wanetta Scagline initially denied knowing what was going on, but police said she eventually admitted her daughter had given her the numbers from the check, and that she then used those numbers when she called the various businesses to make payments on the bills. She reportedly told police her husband was not aware of the fraudulent payment of his Comcast bill.
Both women were arraigned before District Judge Larry Hopkins and placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bonds.
A preliminary hearing is set for June 30.