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Terre Haute woman pleads not guilty to fraud, theft charges

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tamela S. Parsons
A West Terre Haute woman was recently charged with fraud and theft allegations.

Stemming from an investigation of an incident on Aug. 1, the Clay County Prosecutor's Office filed formal charges of C felony forgery, D felony theft and D felony fraud against Tamela S. Parsons.

Parsons, 43, was arrested after a Clay County Sheriff's Department investigation concluded there was enough evidence she took credit cards from a person she was formally involved with and charged $500 in soft drinks and lottery tickets at a Terre Haute convenience store.

Apparently the victim was trying to help Parsons find a place to stay when the theft occurred.

According the probable cause on file at the Clay County Courthouse, when officers attempted to arrest Parsons she made allegations that the victim had raped her the night before. However, when an attempt was made to take her for a physical examination and have a rape kit performed to collect evidence, Parsons refused to allow doctors to conduct the procedure.

No official charges regarding the rape allegation have been filed against the victim at this time.

On Monday, Parsons appeared in Clay Superior Court to enter a not guilty plea before Judge Blaine Akers. A no contact order with the victim was established, but Parsons requested the court to inform the alleged victim to stop calling her.

If convicted of a class C felony, the highest charge filed against Parsons at this time, the sentence issued by the state for a guilty conviction/plea agreement ranges from 2-8 years in prison, with an advisory sentence of four years and potential fines up to $10,000.

A jury trial in the matter was tentatively scheduled for Dec. 14.

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if she lives in vigo county & the crime was cominited in vigo county , why is she being tried in clay county ? just wondering.

-- Posted by nobob on Wed, Aug 19, 2009, at 10:23 PM

Maybe the credit cards she took were from a person that lived in Clay County. Just a thought.

-- Posted by th1953 on Thu, Aug 20, 2009, at 12:36 AM

lottery tickets must be bought with cash,and i hope it was diet soda

-- Posted by WILB007 on Thu, Aug 20, 2009, at 6:21 AM

The person that she was formally involved with was from Clay County. That is why it is here.

-- Posted by time2growup on Thu, Aug 20, 2009, at 8:36 AM

WILB007- The diet soda comment wasn't very polite--I'm disappointed in you for saying that and I'm disappointed in myself for laughing at it!!!

-- Posted by Unsolicited opinion on Fri, Aug 21, 2009, at 2:49 PM

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