Ohio women face gift card fraud charges

GREENFIELD — Three Ohio women are accused of stealing hundreds of gift cards to fraudulently pay for items in area stores.

Jowana Jenkins, 39, Tiara Jones, 30, and Kejuan Jenkins, 23, were arrested last week by Indiana State Police officers on suspicion of fraud.

One of the women had been chased from the Greenfield Kroger by the store’s manager, who told police he believed the woman had purchased several gift cards and used other gift cards to make the payment. Police said that type of transaction is consistent with people using stolen credit card numbers.

About $200 had been applied to the gift card purchased at Kroger that day, police said.

Officers approached a vehicle driven by Jowana Jenkins and smelled marijuana coming from the car, reports state. A K9 officer with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department searched the vehicle and found pot, narcotic drugs and more than 230 gift cards, police said.

About 108 of the gift cards are believed to be fraudulent, police said.

Each woman faces a Level 5 felony charge of fraud.

Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.