Woman charged for debit funds

Sullivan faces 13 counts, including obstruction

LEWISTOWN — A Lewistown woman was charged Friday for debiting funds and authorizing debits totaling more than $193 from a former friend’s bank account, according to court documents.

Police said Tarynn K. Sullivan, 24, stole the debit card after the accuser was admitted to the hospital in June. From June 22 to 24, Sullivan, with two male acquaintances, used the debit card to purchase items at three local retailers and a local bar, totaling purchases of more than $193, according to court documents. Mifflin County Regional Police Department obtained video surveillance from the retailers and spoke to two of the bar employees, all of which determined Sullivan’s unlawful use of the card, court documents indicate.

When police interviewed Sullivan, she denied being in possession of the debit card, but admitted to having used it in the past with the accuser’s permission, according to court documents. The investigating officer said Sullivan’s version of events “contained numerous contradictions and inconsistencies,” court documents state.

Following the interview, Sullivan contacted one of her male acquaintances via Facebook Messenger and asked him to lie to police so she would not be implicated in any wrongdoing, court documents state. Police obtained screenshots from the acquaintance’s Facebook account to confirm Sullivan’s correspondence.

Police interviewed both acquaintances who admitted to using the debit card, but said that Sullivan gave them the card to use, court documents indicate.

Sullivan was scheduled to be arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Reed late Friday night, facing 13 criminal counts, including access device issued to another who did not authorize use, obstructing administration of law/other government function, possession/access of device knowing counterfeit, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Sullivan was committed to Mifflin County Correctional Facility, unable to post the $50,000 bail set. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept 5.

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