Alabama water company employee accused of stealing customers’ card numbers

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — An Alabama woman, who works for a water company in the northeastern part of the state, is accused of taking customers’ credit and debit card numbers, authorities said.

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Jessica Kay Hosch, 33, of Rainsville, was arrested Monday on three counts of credit card fraud and three counts of identity theft, according to DeKalb County Sheriff’s online booking records.

Hosch is an employee of the DeKalb-Jackson Water District in Ider, WHNT reported.

According to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Hosch took credit or debit card numbers when customers would pay their bills and used them to make online purchases, WAFF reported.

More charges could be filed in the case, the sheriff’s office said.

“I just want to thank our Investigations Unit for the great job they did on this investigation,” DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden told WAAY. “Working these types of crimes are extremely difficult for our investigators due to the difficulty in obtaining evidence. We very much appreciate the cooperation of the DeKalb-Jackson Water District during this investigation. We have an amazing team that work day and night to catch thieves like this.

“Always keep a check on your bank statements and if you notice anything out of the ordinary, please contact your financial institution immediately. And, as always, call us if you need us.”

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