PB man accused of fraudulent use of debit card


A Pine Bluff man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly used a debit card he had been given by mistake.

Joe Patterson, 35, allegedly was given the card by a clerk at a liquor store last Friday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Thursday.

Detective Michael Roberts said in a probable-cause affidavit that Patterson left the store, and used the debit card to make five purchases at other locations.

Kizer said police were able to obtain video footage of Patterson, who had been convicted of prior felonies and served time in prison, using the card.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Patterson after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with fraudulent use of a credit card and theft by receiving.

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Patterson, and told him to come back to court May 30.