23-Year-Old Faces Charged For Allegedly Using Dead Man’s Credit Cards


UPDATED: Monday January 7, 2013 6:55 PM

The widow of a man who became a victim of theft after death said that she was shocked when she got a credit card bill in the mail.

Debbie Addy lost her husband, George, in February of last year.

Just days before Christmas, Addy said that she received a bill for more than $30,000.

“I think it was absolutely disgusting,” Addy said. “The man went and spent over $33,000 just before Christmas – in two days.”

Christopher Burcham is charged with stealing her dead husband’s credit card and going on a shopping spree. He is charged with misuse of credit card, engaging in corrupt activity, unauthorized use of property and theft and forgery.

“He falsified my husband’s signature, and to sit and look at the paperwork made me sick to my stomach,” Addy said.

Addy said that detectives told her that Burcham spent money at a Macy’s store and a Downtown Columbus hotel, where he even had roses delivered to the room, among other things.

According to Addy, Burcham was a friend of her daughter’s, and she invited him to their Brice Township home to play Xbox, when she believed Burcham went through one of her drawers and discovered her late husband’s wallet.

She said that the crime could not have come at a worse time for her family.

“I’ve been through a lot this year, and I’ve lost every family member that I’ve known in the last five years. I’m the only one left,” Burcham said.

Addy said that she was glad Burcham is behind bars.

“I was just so happy this nightmare was going to end,” Addy said. “This is terrible, absolutely terrible.”

Addy said that she spoke with her bank and will not be required to pay the fraudulent charges.

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