A Pendleton woman accused of committing multiple thefts or attempted thefts totaling more than $66,500 in three states was sentenced Monday. Alea D. Henderson, 31, entered guilty pleas to amended charges of five counts of second-degree theft.
She appeared in Walla Walla County Superior Court earlier this week and was sentenced to six months of residential drug offender sentencing alternative and 24 months of community custody for each count in both cases, running concurrently; $600 in fines and fees in the first case, and $500 in the second; as well as $1,135 in restitution for the first, and to-be-determined restitution for the second.
According to court documents, Henderson allegedly used or tried to use a deactivated credit card in February, March, and May of last year at several Walla Walla businesses.
On more than one occasion Henderson used the scam of running her credit card by entering a six-digit code in the credit card processing machine once the card was declined. The code then bypassed the chip reader and showed the transaction as valid. Then, after leaving the business, often with merchandise, the transaction would return as rejected.