Kathleen woman accused of increasing her tips

bpurser@macon.comFebruary 13, 2013 

PERRY -- A Kathleen woman has been charged with financial transaction card fraud after allegedly increasing her tips on credit cards when she worked at Buffalo’s Cafe in Warner Robins.

Rachel Louise Johnson, 28, was indicted by a Houston County grand jury earlier this week on six counts of financial transaction card fraud in connections with the incidents, which authorities say all happened Nov. 1, 2012.

Johnson is accused of changing a $7 tip to $27, a $4 tip to $24, a $2.91 tip to $12.91, a $15 tip to $28, and two $3 tips to $13 each, the indictment stated.

Also indicted Tuesday was Katina Hope Wright, 33, of Fort Valley, on seven counts of exploitation of an elder or disabled adult and seven counts of theft by deception.

Wright is accused of deceiving six elderly residents of a long-term care facility into allowing her to borrow money, then never repaying it, the indictment stated.

The incidents allegedly happened from April 15-May 15, 2012. According to the indictment, a common ruse Wright used was saying that she knew the victim from his or her doctor’s office, then asking to borrow money. The amounts ranged from $50 to $354, the indictment stated.

Also, Ladarius Jarrell Richardson, 20, of Warner Robins, was indicted on charges of robbery and aggravated assault, stemming from an incident July 29, 2012, in Warner Robins in which he’s accused hitting a man in the back of the head and stealing his wallet.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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