Navarre woman allegedly defrauds man of bail money

A Texas man called local authorities after he was allegedly defrauded money meant to pay his grandson’s bond.

According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, the victim’s grandson was currently in Santa Rosa County Jail, and he called his grandfather to tell him that a church group was allegedly offering a program to get him out of jail for $400.

The son allegedly asked the father for the funds. The victim then spoke with a woman on the phone, identified as Pamela Elaine Hambrick according to the arrest report.

The victim wired the money via Western Union. The funds were picked up, but the man’s grandson was not bonded out of jail.

Feeling he was asked to send the funds under false pretenses, the victim contacted authorities.

A review of security footage from the Winn Dixie in Navarre showed Hambrick picking up the funds in July 2019.

She was arrested Feb. 11 and charged with misdemeanor petit theft and felony fraud. Hambrick has been released from Santa Rosa County Jail.

As seen in the Feb. 20 issue of Navarre Press.

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