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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man is accused of trying to scam Republic Bank & Trust by making purchases on his own debit card, then reporting those purchases as fraudulent charges.
According to a criminal summons, it happened on Sept. 1. Police say 31-year-old Joseph Lee Rigney walked into a Target store and used his own debit card to purchase an iPad for $662.
Police say he then contacted Republic Bank & Trust -- the bank that issued the card -- and reported that his card had been stolen. He also allegedly told the bank that the $662 charge was fraudulent, and the bank reimbursed him according to bank policy.
Police say he committed a similar scam on Nov. 12, when he traveled to Pensacola, Fla. and used the replacement debit card, also issued by Republic Bank & Trust, to purchase the use of a hotel room and other services for $700.
The next day, he allegedly contacted Republic Bank & Trust and attempted to file another false sworn affidavit claiming that his card had been stolen and that the $700 charge was fraudulent.
But police say this time, authorities were on to his scheme.
According to the criminal summons, police obtained surveillance photos from Target showing that it was Rigney who purchased the iPad on Sept. 1. Police say they also subpoenaed Apple and discovered that the iPad was registered to the iTunes account belonging to Rigney.
Regarding the alleged Pensacola incident, officers were able to contact the Marriott hotel where Rigney allegedly stayed. Police say employees there identified Rigney as the man who used the debit card to stay there.
Police say they called Rigney on his phone, and contacted him via his e-mail address several times in an attempt to get him to come to LMPD headquarters for an interview. Rigney allegedly told them that he was "too busy" to talk to them.
As a result, police served him with a criminal summons on Tuesday morning. He's been charged with theft by deception, and is scheduled to appear in court on March 26.