After the owner of an ice cream truck was charged with fraud and card abuse almost two weeks ago, one Burkburnett ISD student is speaking out on her experience.
Burkburnett ISD student Taylor Garrett checked her debit card statement in December a month after eating at Pinky’s Ice Cream truck and that’s when she noticed a charge that shouldn’t have been there.
Last July, the owner of Pinky’s Ice Cream truck in Burkburnett started a Go-Fund-Me page asking for donations to fix the truck and pay for melted ice cream. Seven months later, Brandi Lynn Wiest, 34, is facing charges of forgery and credit card abuse against an elderly person after allegedly defrauding a Burkburnett man, 70, and stealing ID- information through her ice cream truck business. Burkburnett high school senior Taylor Garrett claims she also fell victim to Wiest’s scam.
“I was giving her my debit card and she took it and it felt kind of sketchy. She was acting sketchy about it, so I tried to take it away from her. She really wouldn’t let me,” Garrett said.
Customers, like Garrett, began coming forward this past December, when people started posting warnings not to use cards for purchases from the Pinkys Ice Cream truck in Iowa Park and Burkburnett because they had been charged multiple times for the same purchase.
“It took me about a month because I do not use my debit card much and I just kept putting some money into my account and I was negative $10 and I was really confused,” Garrett said.
Garrett said she was actually one of the lucky ones because she was able to detect it early on and Wichita Falls Police Officer Brian Masterson said that is key to help solve these investigations.
“We can try and go out and get surveillance video and potentially get the people responsible for doing this, get them arrested and put into jail and hopefully stop other people from becoming victims,” Officer Masterson said.
Garrett will now be more cautious when she swipes her debit card again and hopes people take the necessary steps to avoid being scammed.
Wiest was again arrested Saturday morning by Burkburnett police. She now has two possession charges with combined bonds totaling $15,000.