Water Company employee charged with defrauding customers

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FORT PAYNE, Alabama (WDEF) – Investigators in northeast Alabama have charged a water company employee with taking advantage of customers.

33 year old Jessica Kay Hosch of Rainsville faces charges of Identity Theft and Credit Card/Debit Card fraud.

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DeKalb County investigators have found three victims so far.

Hosch worked for the DeKalb Jackson Water District in Ider, Alabama.

Investigators say she got credit and debit card numbers from customers who used them to pay their bills.

She then used the numbers to make online purchases for herself.

But the investigation continues and more charges are possible.

The Sheriff’s Department says “We are asking all customers of the DeKalb Jackson Water District to check their bank statements and if you find any fraudulent charges, please call the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office at 256-845-3801.”

They say the water district has been cooperative with the investigation.

And Sheriff Nick Welden adds “Always keep a check on your bank statements and if you notice anything out of the ordinary, please contact your financial institution immediately.  And, as always, call us if you need us.”