OKEECHOBEE — Angela Shaw was sentenced to one day in county jail after pleading no contest to petit theft first degree. She was originally charged with grand theft but the charge was reduced.
In March 2019, Shaw walked into a local drive-thru store and told the clerk she wanted to purchase liquor for a wedding. The total bill came to $3,100, and Shaw asked if she could have a discount since she was purchasing so much. The owner of the store agreed to give Shaw a discount which reduced the bill to $2,650. When Shaw attempted to pay her bill, the transaction would not go through. She told the owner it might be because she had a $3,000 limit on her debit card and offered to call her bank to see what the problem was. Shaw told the owner the bank told her what to do to make the transaction go through, and he followed her instructions. Several days later, the owner was notified the transaction was denied because the account was closed.
Detective Dale LaFlam investigated and discovered a similar incident took place in Tampa, with Shaw purchasing liquor totaling $1,570 using the same card.
LaFlam’s report notes Shaw has been arrested numerous times for credit card fraud and grand theft and was sentenced to two years in prison for grand theft in Saint Lucie County. In 2016, Shaw was arrested in Aventura and charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and grand theft. A representative of Penfed Credit Union told LaFlam Shaw’s account was closed in 2018 because Shaw failed to make payments totaling approximately $12,000. The representative said Shaw’s card had been presented numerous times at many different locations since the account was closed. At the time of her arrest, the account was overdrawn by $13,000. The representative said Shaw has knowledge of how to force the transaction through. This knowledge is not common to the general public, and she believes Shaw has unidentified co-conspirators.
Restitution to the store owner was paid in full prior to acceptance of her plea.