Martin Hollis

A Ringgold man is behind bars in Catoosa County on a number of fraud and theft charges after he allegedly ran repeated credit card scams using a relative’s identity.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

Martin Hollis, 44, was arrested Monday, May 25, on eight counts of financial identity fraud, seven counts of financial transaction card fraud, financial transaction card theft, and abuse of an elderly or disabled person.

Hollis was already wanted on a possession of cocaine charge.

He is currently being held without bond.

The elderly female relative contacted police Dec. 2 after discovering that Hollis had opened up an American Express account in her name.

“She stated she put a stop on the account,” Lt. Andy Dodson wrote in the report. “She stated she got another call from American Express the next day saying they had a female on the phone claiming to be her and that Hollis had permission to use the account.”

The relative told police Hollis has used other credit cards in her name to make several thousands of dollars worth of purchases, reports show.

Adam Cook has been a reporter with the Catoosa County News in Ringgold, Ga., since 2009. He currently covers crime and courts, Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe city government, education, and arts and entertainment.

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