Weather Forecast


Woman faces felonies for swindling imprisoned man

Email Sign up for Breaking News Alerts
News Willmar,Minnesota 56201
West Central Tribune
Woman faces felonies for swindling imprisoned man
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR -- A Mandan, N.D., woman made her first appearance Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court on four felony charges alleging that she used her boyfriend's credit card to run up $16,500 in debt and took a $2,500 diamond ring and two guns from his safe while he was incarcerated.

Unconditional bail was set at $25,000 for Pamela Kay Berger, who faces theft, check forgery, offering a forged check and financial card transaction fraud charges. Conditional bail was allowed at $2,000. Her next court appearance is March 11.

According to the complaint, in January 2004 a man reported to the Willmar Police that Berger, who was his girlfriend, had run up $16,000 in credit card debt on four of his accounts while he was in the county jail and in the state prison system between mid-2002 to January 2004. She had also opened a fifth account in his name and ran up a bill on that account too.

He alleged that she had paid $10,000 for an attorney that he didn't need on the cards and had cashed a $4,100 refund check, made out to him, from the attorney. Documents provided by the man showed $16,504.51 in credit card charges, to Willmar stores and for cash advances from area banks. There were also charges and cash advances made in the Mandan area.

The man also reported that a diamond ring, valued at $2,570, was missing from his safe, along with two guns, valued at $325. The ring, a 14-caret gold ring with a ½ caret and two ¼ caret diamonds, had been replaced by a cubic zirconium ring.