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Alleged fraudster arrested and charged by MCPD


This news story was published on January 22, 2013.
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Fraud suspect who police believe is Julie Melton

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman has been arrested and charged with credit card fraud.

Julie Anne Melton, 37, was arrested and booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail last week and charged with Unauthorized Use of Credit Card.  She was cited and released immediately.  The victims are Mason City residents who live in Asbury.

Mason City police had released a surveillance photo on January 6th of a woman who was wanted for questioning, what they called a “possible subject who may have information about a fraud case.”

On Tuesday, Mason City police confirmed they believe Melton was behind the fraud incidents.

“We feel the woman in the photo is Julie Melton,” police said.

“Her photo was released to the media a few weeks ago when we sought the public’s help in identifying her,” MCPD’s Mike McKelvey explained.  “We received numerous calls and tips from the public in a short amount of time that named different women as the lady in the photo. Melton was charged yesterday (Monday) afternoon with unauthorized use of a credit card. The credit card was used at multiple locations but I believe the photo was from Shopko. Ms. Melton is considered innocent until proven guilty.”

Melton maintained her innocence after NorthIowaToday.com posted the surveillance photo and an NIT reader named her in a comment under the story.

“My name is Julie Melton and I want my name removed from the comments on the Help Mason City Police locate a person of interest or I will be contacting my lawyer. Thank you,” Melton said to NIT on January 7th, 2013.

Mason City police expressed their appreciation for the media’s and public’s help in catching alleged criminals.

“We really appreciate the media and public’s help with identification reference some of the surveillance footage we have released over the last few months.”

Melton, Julie Anne

Melton, Julie Anne
SUBJECT IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

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5 Responses to Alleged fraudster arrested and charged by MCPD

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    Katie Reply Report comment

    January 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 22, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    What does the fact that the victims live in Asbury have to do with anything? A victim is a victim no matter where they live.

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      powder street Reply Report comment

      January 23, 2013 at 12:32 am

      Well they don’t allow sidewalks in Asbury. So right there you know know they are weird people.

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    Tommy C. Reply Report comment

    January 22, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    The victims live in ASBURY? You just can’t get good help these days…

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    armchair captain Reply Report comment

    January 22, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    You mean if you didn’t remove her name she would HAVE to call her attorney and a bail bondsmen….lol