Sheriff’s office arrests credit card fraud suspect

Published 12:59pm Friday, March 1, 2013



The Polk County Sheriff’s Office identified and arrested the woman in surveillance video suspected of fraudulently using a credit card.

Jessica Herman, 27, of Green Creek, was arrested Thursday, Feb. 28 and charged with seven counts of identity theft and seven counts of obtaining property under false pretenses, according to sheriff’s office records.

Herman is the wife of Polk County Animal Control officer and Green Creek Fire Chief Michael Herman. Polk County Sheriff Donald Hill said through the initial investigation, the sheriff’s office does not believe Michael Herman knew of the alleged crimes committed by his wife, but officers are currently doing an internal investigation.

The sheriff’s office received an anonymous tip after a picture from surveillance video circulated the media last week asking for the public’s assistance to identify the suspect. Shortly after receiving the tip, officers received additional information regarding a purchase made with the card, which substantiated the tip, officers said.

Detectives with the sheriff’s office had been working the case since January, which involved fraudulent transactions in Polk, Rutherford and Spartanburg Counties.

Detectives said they are forwarding information they’ve obtained in their investigation to Rutherford and Spartanburg counties, where Jessica Herman could face additional charges.

Jessica Herman turned herself in to the sheriff’s office, where she went before a magistrate and received a $2,000 bond, according to the sheriff’s office report. She was scheduled to make her first appearance in Polk County Court last Friday, March 1.

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