Jim Inhofe's campaign credit card was stolen and charged


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Updated: 9/02/2013 10:39 am Published: 8/31/2013 12:48 pm


Jim Inhofe's campaign manager became a victim of credit card fraud Friday morning.

FOX23 spoke with Jim Inhofe's campaign manager, Rusty Appleton, whose campaign credit card was stolen out of his car Friday morning around 9:15 a.m.

Appleton's car was parked in the back parking lot of Senator Inhofe's campaign office on May Avenue in Oklahoma City. Appleton came back to his car around 10 a.m. and realized his wallet was missing. He immediately went home to search for his wallet, but didn't find it. When he arrived back at work, Appleton checked his email and saw he had received a "Fraud Alert" email from American Express. The only American Express card Appelton had was for Inhofe's campaign. That's when the search began to find the indiviuals in the act of credit card fraud.

The suspects used the credit card at five different stores across the Oklahoma City area.

Their first stop was at Office Depot in Oklahoma City, where they spent more than $800. Their next stop was Best Buy in Moore, where they purchased large items like TVs, spending nearly $1,000. The suspects didn't stop there; they continued their shopping spree at Atwoods in Norman, where they spent more than $1,000 on several power tools.
The suspects' spree ended at the Hibbett Sports store in Midwest City where the American Express card was declined in the purchase of sports shoes. The suspects then utilized Appleton's personal credit card, charging more than $200 at Hibbett Sports.

Appleton told FOX23 his card was also used at gas stations.

The transactions end there, totaling $3,500 in credit card fraud. The suspects have not been identified.

Appelton told FOX23, "It's a stressful situation, but I stayed a lot more calm than stressed during the process of investigation."

Pictures of the suspects and surveillance tapes will be released tonight on FOX23 News Saturday at 9 p.m.



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