Man, woman charged after attempting phony refund at Wal-Mart


  A North Carolina man and woman were charged with fraud Friday afternoon when security personnel caught the two trying to get refunds at a local department store on merchandise they had not purchased.
  Jessica Parker Singleton, 26, 486 W. Brewer Rd., Newland, N.C., and William Ray Justice, 46, 1149 Henson Creek Rd., Newland, N.C., were issued criminal summonses charging them with fraud.
  According to police reports, Wal-Mart loss prevention employees called Elizabethton Police Department officers, and EPD Ptl. Michael McIntosh said when he arrived a loss prevention employee told him that Singleton and Justice entered the store and told the greeter they wanted to exchange a West Coast Choppers ball cap.
  "(The loss prevention employee) stated that the subjects obtained three pink security stickers. (He) stated that the male then went and picked out a DVD player and attempted to get a refund for it at the customer service desk," McIntosh said in his report. "(He) went on to state that the female went to the electronics aisle and selected two DVDs from the shelf, a Bratz DVD and a Day After Tomorrow DVD valued at $37.83, and obtained a cash refund for the merchandise. (He) stated that the female also concealed a prepaid telephone card, Tracfone 400 minutes, valued at $78.66."
  The loss prevention employee then contacted police who spoke with Singleton and Justice.
  "Officers read both Mr. Justice and Ms. Singleton their Miranda warnings. Mr. Justice made several contradictory statements to officers at which time (I) concluded he was not being truthful," McIntosh said in his report. "Ms. Singleton stated that she and Mr. Justice had been to the Wal-Mart in Boone, N.C., earlier in the day and purchased the Bratz DVD and Day After Tomorrow DVD along with a DVD player. Ms. Singleton stated that they had brought the receipts of the three items into the store with them and went and collected the same identical merchandise with the intent to defraud Wal-Mart and receive fraudulent refunds for the items."