MIAMI COUNTY — A Piqua man suspected of illegally using a Ohio Direction Card, or a food assistance card, that did not belong to him entered a plea of guilty for the charge this week in Miami County Common Pleas Court, according to county records.
George M. Morrison, 27, was originally charged with four counts of fifth-degree felony illegal use of a supplemental nutritional program, but will be sentenced for one count of fifth-degree felony illegal use of a supplemental nutritional program.
The original offense reportedly occurred on July 7. A neighbor reported noticing that an Ohio Direction Card had been stolen from a residence on the 600 block of Spring Street after the original owner of the card moved out, according to Piqua police reports.
The card had been used at Ulbrich’s, Kroger, and Sunset Meat on July 7. During the course of the investigation, surveillance video of Morrison using the card was reportedly obtained.
Charges were filed on Aug. 4 and a warrant was requested for Morrison. Morrison was previously being held in Montgomery County on unrelated charges.
In connection with this case, Elissa Graham, 21, of Sidney, was charged with fifth-degree felony complicity to illegal use of a supplemental nutritional program. Graham, a friend of the original owner of the card, is suspected of supplying Morrison with the PIN for the card. The case against Graham still open in Miami County Municipal Court, and a preliminary hearing for Graham is set for Wednesday.
Morrison also was charged with theft from a July 13 incident in Troy. The resident said she let Morrison live in her apartment for a brief period of time since he had no where to go. Morrison allegedly offered to sell an Xbox 360 game system for a Troy resident and also borrowed her phone to let her know about the transaction. The resident was unable to reach Morrison after he left with the items and never returned. Morrison was sentenced to 90 days in jail for that offense, according to Miami County Municipal Court records.
A sentencing hearing for Morrison was scheduled for Feb. 29 in Miami County Common Pleas Court.
NOTE: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the card in question as being a WIC card when it was actually an Ohio Direction Card.