Soldier jailed for using friend's debit card to buy fast food
November 23, 2006
CAMP CASEY, South Korea — An Army private will serve 10 months in jail for using a friend’s debit card 23 times to buy fast food, a general court-martial ruled Tuesday.
Pvt. Walter B. Wade Jr., of the 2nd Infantry Division’s 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, Echo Company, must forfeit all pay, was reduced in rank to E-1 and will receive a bad-conduct discharge.
Wade overheard a third soldier disclose the debit card number of Pvt. Edwin Maldonado Jr., prosecutor Capt. Charles Halverson said after the court proceedings Tuesday.
From April 3 to May 20, Wade then used Maldonado’s debit card to purchase 23 meals from Popeye’s and Anthony’s Pizza, near the Camp Casey Post Exchange, the prosecutor said.
Wade and Maldonado were friends from advanced individual training school before being stationed in South Korea, Halverson said.
Wade claimed the third soldier told him Maldonado didn’t mind Wade using the card if he repaid the money, the prosecutor said.
According to Halverson, the first few times Wade used the debit card, he paid the third soldier and told him to give the money to Maldonado. Eventually the third soldier, who since has been stationed stateside, told Wade the truth.
Halverson said he will report the information about the third soldier to law-enforcement officials at the soldier’s current base.
Maldonado caught on after his ATM withdrawals were limited to $20 each in May. Community Bank said it was due to his constant spending. “He went online, checked his bank account and saw a slew of charges that he hadn’t put on there,” Halverson said.
Maldonado notified his supervisor, who in turn called the Army’s Criminal Investigations Division. Wade later confessed to the crimes, an Army spokesman said.