Billings woman charged in 2nd fraud case

2013-10-18T16:03:00Z 2013-10-18T22:51:05Z Billings woman charged in 2nd fraud caseGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A 54-year-old Billings woman charged last month with bilking a 91-year-old man faces a new charge alleging a similar crime against a 77-year-old man.

Rachell Tina Marks was charged Friday in Yellowstone County District Court with felony counts of exploitation of an older person and deceptive practices. 

Marks pleaded not guilty, and Judge Ingrid Gustafson allowed her to remain free on a posted $2,500 bond.

Marks was arraigned Sept. 16 on a felony charge of deceptive practices. In that case, prosecutors allege Marks used the 91-year-old man's credit card without permission to buy a fur coat, pearl earrings and other luxury items.

The purchases totaled $1,925.

In the new case, prosecutors allege Marks swindled a total of $33,232 from a 77-year-old man.

According to court records, the man came forward and reported the loss after news reports of the other case appeared in September.

The man said Marks approached him at a health food store last year and showed an interest in him. The two began having lunch and dinner dates, the man said.

Marks eventually asked the man to use a credit card for a business venture, court records state. The man agreed after Marks said she would only charge $900 and would pay him back.

Prosecutors allege Marks used the card between November 2012 and last month to make unauthorized purchases. Marks also deceived the man into co-signing a car loan for $12,500, court records state.

The man told police that when he confronted Marks about the charges, the woman promised to pay him back and told him she loved him, court records state.

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