Staunton Man Sentenced In Credit Card Fraud

Posted: October 22, 2013

HARRISONBURG — One of two men accused of stealing and using multiple credit cards to make purchases has pleaded guilty  in Rockingham County Circuit Court.

Joshua Russell Rankin, 36, of Staunton, originally faced 43 felony counts, ranging from credit card fraud to identity theft.

During Monday’s hearing, Rankin pleaded guilty to 10 counts. Prosecutors had previously dropped the remaining charges.

As part of a plea deal, Judge Bruce Albertson sentenced Rankin to 50 years in prison with all but one year suspended.

His co-defendant, Michael Andrew Webb, 21, of Churchville, faced 42 felony counts. Prosecutors dropped all but 14 counts against him. His case is pending. He is scheduled for a plea hearing on Nov. 1 in circuit court.

Police say the pair broke into two vehicles in Harrisonburg in October, stole credit cards and used them to make purchases at the Walmart stores on Burgess Road in the city and on John Wayland Highway in Rockingham County.

The Daily News-Record will have more on this story in Wednesday's print and web editions.