On January 9, the Searcy County Sheriff's Department was contacted by a Searcy County resident concerning the unauthorized use of their debit card. According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, during the course of the investigation, law enforcement officials learned that Christopher Jordan, age 26, of Marshall was the person using the victim's debit card without authorization.
Jordan, who was already in custody at the Searcy County Jail on an
unrelated charge, was read his Miranda warning by Searcy County Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce. In a post Miranda interview with Pierce, Jordan admitted he had used the victim's debit card on several occasions, but could not remember the exact monetary amount. He also said he was "high on marijuana" when he used the card.
Jordan, who worked for the victim before using the card unlawfully, said the victim had given him his card to purchase lunch for them and he had memorized the card information and later used it numerous times. Law enforcement learned from April through August of last year, unauthorized purchases were made on at least 23 separate occasions totaling approximately $1,004.
Twentieth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Carol Crews and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Benjamin Fruehauf have charged Jordan with fraudulent use of a credit or debit card, Class D felony. He remains in custody.