Clark County

No jail time for Winchester woman in terrorism scam

A Winchester woman accused of helping fund terrorism through a credit card scam has pleaded guilty to an amended misdemeanor that spares her from serving any more jail time.

Betty Stidham pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted fraudulent use of a credit card, said Clark County Attorney Brian Thomas.

She must make full restitution on a $6,000 cold check with which she tried to open a bank account, Thomas said.

Stidham used stolen credit card numbers given to her by a Nigerian man to buy thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, police said after her arrest last month. Stidham then shipped the merchandise — including clothes, shoes and electronics — to the man, whom authorities believe is affiliated with a terrorist group.

However, Stidham had no prior arrest record, and police believe she did not know about any affiliation with terrorism.

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating the case. That agency became involved when Central Bank in Winchester put a holder on a $6,000 check with which Stidham had tried to open an account.

Stidham was released Wednesday from the Clark County jail

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