HOLDEN, W.Va. — An inmate at the Southwestern Regional Jail has been charged with 30 counts of fraudulently using an access device after they stole information and used it to place telephone calls out of the facility.
Officials from the jail reportedly contacted the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) with a fraud complaint.
Trooper First Class C.S. Maynard, with the WVSP, reports he made contact with employees of the prison who explained an inmate had accessed other prisoners’ information using it to take money from their accounts.
The money was reportedly used to make 30 phone calls between Oct. 2 and 28, 2015.
Maynard reports he was given documentation and surveillance footage showing Donald Jeremy Toler, 34, of Lyburn, W.Va. using a payphone at the Southwestern Regional Jail to make the fraudulent calls.
Toler reportedly obtained the information and used it access other prisoners’ funds without their consent.
Based on Maynard’s investigation, a warrant for Toler’s arrest was issued in Logan County Magistrate Court Dec. 21.
On Dec. 22, Toler was arrested and charged with 30 felony counts of fraudulent use of an access device.
W.Va. state code 61-3C-13(c) defines an access device as, “any card, plate, code, account number, or other means of account access that can be used, alone or in conjunction with another access device, to obtain money, goods, services, or any other thing of value, or that can be used to initiate a transfer of funds…”
If Toler is found guilty on all 30 counts, he could be sentenced to spend up to 300 years in a state correctional facility and be forced to pay up to $3 million in fines.
Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]