School personnel charged with fraud

February 4, 2008 11:44:30 AM PST
Cumberland County Sheriff's deputies have charged a school bus driver and custodian with credit card fraud and possession of drugs.

According to detectives, Tarsha Cole, 36, stole a credit card from a purse that belonged to a teacher at Cape Fear High School. Investigators say Cole charged more than $2,500 worth of purchases and paid bills with the card.

Cole's alleged spending spree came to an end when she maxed out the card and the credit card company denied further charges.

Cole is charged with two counts of forgery and uttering, one count of credit card fraud and one count of identity fraud. Investigators say they also discovered illegal drugs inside Cole's home at the time of her arrest and have added additional charges of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, manufacture of cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for the sale of drugs.

Richard McDonald, 39, identified as Cole's live in boyfriend has also been charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, manufacture of cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for the sale and delivery of cocaine.

Both Cole and McDonald have been released from the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $25,000 bond.


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