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April 17, 2013

Plea reached in fraudulent credit card possession case

Atlanta woman gets probation after found with 30 fraudulent cards

JEFFERSONVILLE —

A woman believed by prosecutors to be a low-level participant in a fraudulent credit card operation was sentenced to four years probation in Clark County Circuit Court No. 4 Tuesday.

Jordin Elise Ward, 22, of Atlanta, appeared with her mother at the sentencing hearing in Judge Vicki Carmichael’s court.

She was represented by Jeffersonville attorney Niles Driskell.

“Jordin [Ward] is a young lady. She had little to no prior criminal history, and I think those were some mitigating factors in her favor,” Driskell said.

Ward’s original charges included 30 counts of C felony forgery, after she was stopped by Indiana State Police in May 2012 on Interstate 65 for speeding and found in possession of the 30 credit cards, all listed with the name Skylar Jones.

During the traffic stop, she identified herself as Jordin Elise Ward and provided the trooper with a Georgia-issued driver’s license. 

The trooper noted the odor of “raw marijuana” coming from inside the vehicle in the probable cause affidavit.

She initially denied having any marijuana in the vehicle, but later gave the trooper a small grinder that contained a small amount of marijuana.

She was also found in possession of a Tennessee driver’s license with her photo and the name Skylar Jones, and more than 100 gift cards with a face value ranging from $15 to $1,500 from various retail businesses, ISP reported.

Ward was booked into the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex later in the day and remained at the facility for about three weeks until a $25,000 full-cash bond was posted for her release.

Following the plea agreement, Ward was convicted of two counts D felony forgery, each with a two-year prison sentence that were both suspended to probation terms to be served consecutively, for a total of four years probation.

She also pled guilty to possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, both class A misdemeanors. She was sentenced to one year probation for each charge, which will run concurrent with the probation terms of the felony charges.

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