Kosciusko County woman accused of fraudulent charges against family

A Kosciusko County woman takes almost $40,000 from her grandfather through unauthorized use of his banking card.

Court documents say 34-year-old Stephanie Orten is accused of using her grandfather’s debit card to make approximately 69 ATM cash withdrawals. Orten may have made purchases using the debit card as well, according to the probable cause affidavit. The documents estimate money taken at $39,100.75.

The card was given to Orten by her grandfather to buy groceries for him, but another family member says she was not authorized to make ATM withdrawals or debit transactions. Officials believe, according to the documents, Orten used the money to support her alleged $300 to $400 a day drug habit.

Orten is facing felony fraud charges. She was arrested and booked into Kosciusko County Jail with bond set at $45,000.