Warrant issued in ONG bill fraud case

August 26, 2022 | Courts

NEWKIRK — A warrant is issued for Amanda Rayann Palmer, 37, Ponca City, by the Kay County District Court.

Palmer is charged with a felony count of obtaining money by trick or deception.

Ponca City police report that on May 13, a resident reported he was the victim of bank fraud.

The resident reported that an ONG bill was being fraudulently paid out of his bank account. The resident provided police with 37 payment stubs dating back to April 8, 2019 totaling $2,697.01.

Police report that the SEC codes showed that all of the payments were authorized by a male subject, later identified as Palmer’s landlord.

Amanda Rayann Palmer

Police contacted the landlord who advised he owns the home in which Palmer rents. He told police that Palmer used to pay cash for the ONG bill but then switched to online payments. He said the bills are in his name and that he asked Palmer to change the account to her name.

He told police that ONG contacted him about the fraud and that he had to pay $3,000.

Police obtained a search warrant for the ONG account information.

Police report that the payment history shows that all of the bills were paid over the phone using the resident’s bank account. 

On May 16, Palmer contacted police and reportedly stated that she did not have an ONG account in her name. Police report she was evasive and would not say who pays the utilities at the residence.

On June 29, police contacted Palmer at the home. She reportedly said she was getting an attorney and did not want to speak.

The charge was filed on Aug. 12. A warrant with bond endorsed at $2,500 is issued.