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Marion police charge business owner with illegal use of card, attempting to elude

Marion Police Department has filed charges of illegal possession of a credit/debit card and attempting to elude against the owner of a local business. The criminal complaint in the case was signed March 23 and filed in Perry County District Court on Tuesday, March 29.

In it, MPD’s Capt. Robert Sykes wrote that Monique McGaughy, who owns The 334 Connection, “did take, exercise control over, or otherwise use…a credit card or debit card,” belonging to a customer of hers.

The card, according to the complaint, was a “Netspend card loaded with Federal funds.”
McGaughy’s business, the 334 Connection, has a storefront in the FoodValu shopping center on Highway 5. From the appearance of the complaint, McGaughy was offering tax preparation services.

The document goes on to charge that McGaughy made several withdrawals from the ATM at West Alabama Bank, as well as making wireless money transfers with the CashApp platform, all while “knowing that she did not have consent from the owner.” Sykes’ complaint document says those charges happened “on or about March 11” of this year.

The second charge, attempting to elude, comes from ten days later, on March 21. On that day, Sykes’ complaint alleges, McGaughy “did intentionally flee by any means from anyone she knew to be a law enforcement officer who was attempting to arrest her.”

“Upon the scene,” the report says, “McGaughy jumped into her silver Chevy Malibu and sped off at a high rate of speed, intentionally fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement officers.

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