Martinez charged with felony for stealing elderly man’s credit card

Posted at 4:02 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 18:02:17-04

Kristina Lee Martinez, 46, has been charged with a felony after allegedly stealing an elderly man’s debit card and credit card and charging over $200 worth of items to the cards.

Court documents state that a Great Falls police officer was dispatched to a senior living home on April 18 for a report that an 84-year-old man’s credit, debit, and insurance cards were stolen and charges were applied to the cards at three businesses.

The senior living home’s manager said the man has a cognitive disability and difficulty processing and remembering information. 

The manager had already spoken to employees who were working when the property went missing and gathered statements. 

The manager told the officer that Martinez and another woman were working on April 18 and had retrieved laundry from the victim’s room.

According to the documents, Martinez and the other employee noticed that the victim’s cell phone and wallet were inside the pocket of a pair of pants that had gone through the washing machine.

Martinez and the employee placed the items on a counter so the items could dry before being returned.

The documents continue that the other employee told the officer she placed all of the items back into the wallet and that Martinez requested she give the wallet to her to return to the victim’s room. 

The manager said she received a phone call from the victim’s daughter later that day that one of the victim’s credit cards had charges of around $276.

The officer was able to review surveillance footage from two of the three businesses where the cards were charged on April 18.

The footage shows Martinez and another woman purchasing several items at a self check-out station.

Martinez has been charged with felony elder/persons with developmental disabilities abuse and one misdemeanor for theft.

Martinez has no known criminal history and her bond has been set at $5,000.

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