A local woman accused of fraudulently obtaining thousands of dollars from a local business owner she never met is now facing up to five years behind bars.
Court records show 32-year-old Bernice Suzanne Haines appeared in court Thursday and was charged with identity theft before being released on a $1,000 bond.
Haines, according to the offense information, allegedly obtained access to the business owner's information and conducted several credit card transactions between Jan. 1 and March 25 totaling over $10,000 on two separate cards.
Haines, who the victim said never worked for him or had any association with him, allegedly made the deposits from the credit cards directly into her own account using a company name of "Square Incorporated." That company allegedly verified the money went into Haines' bank account.
Haines has been ordered to appear again for a preliminary hearing July 29.
In a separate case, another Lawton man is facing jail time after police allegedly caught him driving around inside a car stolen from a dealership this week.
Evan V. Moore, 32, appeared in court Wednesday and was charged with possessing a stolen vehicle and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was ordered to be held in lieu of a $5,000 bond.