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Woman Wanted For Identity Theft And Credit Card Fraud Is Arrested In Spring Valley

A woman who was wanted for identity theft and credit card fraud earlier this month, has been arrested. Officials say a Paulden woman called deputies back on July 14th to report her credit card company notified her about suspicious charges to her account between June 21st and June 23rd of this year. The victim said she physically had her card, but someone apparently obtained and used her account information to make unauthorized purchases. Over a thousand dollars in items were bought at various stores including a Safeway store in Flagstaff, the WalMart in Prescott Valley and an IHOP in Prescott Valley. The card was used in all transactions. Last Friday, 49-year-old Paula Phillips contacted the sheriff’s office and said she was the woman that authorities were looking for in connection with the crimes. She told deputies what she did, discussed what she bought in Prescott Valley and Flagstaff. She is also a suspect in a mail theft case from multiple locations in Yavapai County. Phillips was arrested at her home in Spring Valley and booked on charges that include fraud, identity theft, theft of a credit card and fraudulent use of a credit card. If anyone has information on Phillips’ involvement in the mail theft case, call 1-800-932-3232.