VIPD: Melissa Luz Ponce Arrested For Making Credit Card Purchases On Another Person’s Card
CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man told police that his credit card was being used by someone who does not have his permission to do so.
On January 8, 2017, a man reported to the desk officer at the Ancilmo D. Marshall Police Command that he had lost his wallet and there were multiple unauthorized transactions made on his credit card.
An Investigation from the Detectives in the Economic Crime Unit showed that between January 5 and January 8, 2017, 19 transactions totaling the amount of $1,899.85 were fraudulently made at various businesses on St. Croix as well as online purchases. Through their investigation, the detectives were able to identify the individual making the transactions as Melissa Luz Ponce who resides in the D. Hamilton Jackson Terrace.
After Melissa Ponce confessed to the transactions, an arrest warrant was issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands for the charges of Grand Larceny, Obtaining Money By False Pretense, Forgery, Identity Theft, and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card.
On February 28, 2017, at approximately 1:00 p.m., 27 year-old Melissa Luz Ponce surrendered herself at the Ancilmo D. Marshall Police Command where Detectives from the Economic Crime Unit placed her under arrest.
Unable to post bail of $75,000 Ponce was transported to the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility pending an Advice of Rights Hearing at the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, located at Kingshill.