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Credit card theft reduced to misdemeanor

January 17, 2020 by Abigail Bostwick

An area woman facing a felony credit card theft in Oneida County Circuit Court has been found guilty of a lesser amended charge.

Rachel Leidel, 38, Lake Tomahawk, was accused of taking a relative’s credit card and making more than $6,000 in authorized purchases, according to the court complaint. 

Leidel lived with other family members, one of which owned the card. One of the family reported the crime to police after “near daily” packages were showing up at the house. The credit card company made an offer with the card owner to settle and refund just over $3,000, resulting in a loss for the victim of more than $2,800. At the time, Leidel was at Koinonia Treatment Center for drug addiction, deputies were told by family, the complaint stated.

In front of Judge Patrick O’Melia on Jan. 9, free on a $5,000 signature bond, Oneida County district attorney’s office Jillian Pfeifer moved to amend the felony count to a misdemeanor. Represented by public defender attorney Breanna Magallones, Leidel pled no contest. O’Melia found Leidel guilty and ordered her to 12 months withheld sentence and held on probation, 25 hours community service, restitution and its payment plan to be determined as well as any counseling deemed necessary. 

Abigail Bostwick may be reached at [email protected].

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