MARTIN COUNTY— A Stuart man was accused
of fraudulently using a condo association's credit card
information to buy over $1,200 in gift cards.
Donald Francis Keal,
44, of the 4400 block of Southeast Hamilton Lane in Stuart
was arrested Thursday on charges of fraudulent use of a
credit card and grand theft.
Martin County Sheriff's Office deputies said they got a call
April 11 about fraud from a board member of Schooner Oaks
Condominium Association in the 5300 block of Southeast
Schooner Oaks Way, Stuart. The caller told deputies someone
had used the group's credit card information to buy more
than $1,200 of gift cards from Home Depot.
One board member told deputies he believed three people
could have used the card for unauthorized purchases. One of
those three people was Keal, who was a handyman for the
Deputies said they interviewed the two others who both said
Keal primarily used the card.
Donald Keal (Photo: MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)
Deputies said they went to the Home
Depot in Stuart and requested videos from October and saw
Keal buying the gift cards with the unauthorized card.
Keal told deputies he was going through hard times, was
addicted to drugs, and would sell the gift cards to random
people for half the price to make money.
Keal was arrested and taken to the Martin
County Jail. He was later released on $5,000 bail.