Woman faces theft charges in gift card sale on Facebook
COAL TOWNSHIP - A woman faces theft charges after she defrauded a friend in a gift card sale in December.
Nicole A. Seidel, 26, of 905 W. Pine St., was charged by Coal Township Police with theft by deception following an investigation showed she sold what appeared to be a $100 gift card for half the price, but the card only had a small amount of money on it.
Police patrolman Matthew Henrich reported in court documents that the victim, Denise Sweeney, was contacted on Facebook by Seidel Dec. 3, asking Sweeney if she wanted to buy a $100 Walmart gift card for $60.
Sweeney told Seidel that she only had $50 and asked Seidel if that was okay, and Seidel said it was fine.
Later that day, the two women met in the area of Pine and Market streets where Seidel gave her a piece of paper from the website with the gift card number and then Sweeney called a phone number to check, there was $100 on the card.
The next day, Sweeney went to Walmart to use the gift card for a law away purchase for Christmas gifts, but it only had $6.72 on it.
Sweeney went outside the store and called Seidel and informed her about the amount and that she wanted her money back. Seidel told her she would give her the money back by 7 p.m., but failed to do so.
When Sweeney informed the police about the incident, Henrich called Seidel who claimed she didn't have the money right now. She was given 48 hours to produce the cash or she would be arrested.
Seidel did not return the money by Dec. 6, and said she still didn't have the money Dec. 10 when police spoke to her again. Seidel told police she didn't want to get jail time or probation, but she did not have the money.
The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 25.