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Two charged with financial identify theft in Edward

EDWARD — Two people from Edward face multiple charges this week after allegedly using a relative’s debit card to withdraw money from an ATM last November.

Melvin Eugene Alston Jr., 27, and Lee-Anna Nichole Roberson, 28, both of Turnstall Swamp Road in Edward, are each charged with four counts of financial identity fraud and four counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

“Basically, they took a relative’s debit card and went and withdrew money from an ATM,” BCSO Lt. Vanlandingham said.

According to the BCSO, there was only one individual impacted by the theft.

On Wednesday, Alston was being held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on a $45,000 bond, while Roberson was being held on a $60,000 bond.

The Federal Trade Commission recommends that consumers not lend their cards to anyone — even relatives. Financial statements, credit card offers in the mail and cards should be shredded after they outlive their usefulness. Lost and stolen cards should be reported to one’s financial institution immediately.