Greene County Election Chief Charged with Identity Theft

AUGUST 31, 2006 - Posted at 4:16 p.m. CDT

PARAGOULD, AR - Prosecutors have filed charges against the chairman of the Greene County Election Commission, accusing him of obtaining credit cards in the name of someone else.

Karl Horton of Paragould was charged with two counts of financial identity fraud.

An affidavit supporting the charges says the 36-year-old Horton received a credit card in September 2004 in the name of Mildred Wells.  After Wells discovered the unauthorized account two months later, she threatened to call police if her name was not removed from the account.

In November of the same year, Horton repeatedly obtained another credit card in Wells' name and transferred the balance from the first card to the new one.  It had a balance of of $13,940.

Horton says Wells gave him permission to open the first account and that he has been working to pay off the balance.  Horton is scheduled to appear in Greene County Circuit Court on September 18.

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