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Bible College Student Charged in Phone Fraud Sex Case

Associated Press News Wire (
Tue, 23 May 2006 17:53:38 -0500

A student at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College was charged in the theft
of his roommate's debit card, which was used to pay for more than
$2,300 worth of calls to phone sex lines, prosecutors allege in court

Shane Erin Mack, 20, of Belt, Mont., was charged with the gross
misdemeanors of identity theft and theft by false representation. He
made his first court appearance on Monday. Bail was set at $2,500. He
remained in jail Tuesday afternoon.

Steele County prosecutor Scott Schrener said investigators only had
documentation in hand for about $500 worth of calls, but the victim
reported that $2,350 worth of calls had been made. Schrener said the
criminal charges will be upgraded in the future, as new statements
from the bank arrive.

The calls were made from March 23 to May 13, according to court

Mack allegedly told investigators he admitted taking the debit card
out of his roommate's wallet and using it to make up to 30 calls to
adult phone lines from public phones on campus, the criminal complaint

College spokesman Tom Lawson said Mack would not be allowed to return
to the school when classes resume in the fall. According to the
college Web site, the college offers a Christian "education program
which imparts a biblical worldview."

A call to the public defender who represented Mack in court on Monday
was not immediately returned.

Mack's next court appearance was scheduled for June 1.

Information from: Owatonna People's Press,
Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.

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