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Caretaker admits to taking credit cards from client’s spouse

NEWPORT NEWS — A caretaker here has admitted to stealing credit cards from her client’s spouse and using them to pay for personal purchases including car services, hotel stays and clothing.

Sandra Payne, 47, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated identity theft. The Eastern District of Virginia’s U.S. Attorney’s Office says Payne charged more than $21,000 to the credit cards from 2017 through 2018.

Payne was initially charged in December with multiple counts of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, but pleaded guilty to the single identity theft charge as part of a deal. She faces up to two years in prison when sentenced in May.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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