POLICE: 10-Year-Old Stole From Parent's Online Account

A 10-year-old boy is in trouble with the law after police say he stole from his parent's online account.

Goldsboro police say one of the boy's parents filed a police report saying the son used their Facebook account to get access to their PayPal account. Police say the boy then charged $447.50 over a two-day period.

The 10-year-old has been charged with financial transaction card fraud and his case will be handled in juvenile court.


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  • by Jays mom Location: ENC on Jan 26, 2011 at 03:56 AM
    I work with children this child's age and younger. Some of them are sweet and well behaved, some are not. Sometimes it's due to parenting or a lack there of but sometimes, children just do things. I have read many posts saying he should have been discliplined, call the police was discipline. How do we know that he wasn't spanked? If it had been my young son, I would have done both things, called the police and spanked him. But, we can't be so quick to judge the parents. What if it were you credit card info was used by someone else, would you spank them or call the police?
  • by Missing the point on Jan 21, 2011 at 06:11 PM
    The parents did NOT do this to teach the child a lesson. They DID do this to get their money back. When reported to the police, it officially constitutes credit card fraud. The parents will now get their money back because credit card companies cover fraudulent usage.
  • by SMH on Jan 21, 2011 at 11:51 AM
    Posted by: WOW! on Jan 20, 2011 at 03:43 PM "THERE WAS OTHER ROUTES THESE PARENTS COULD OF TOOK" He's 10...he will be prosecuted through the Juvenile Court System and most likely be eligible for teen court. His record will be eligible to be expunged too.....try goggling the LAW sometimes...
  • by Richard Location: Washington, NC on Jan 20, 2011 at 04:21 PM
    Parents deserve the kind of vile spawn they raise .... No kids that I knew would have done something like this because they knew they'd get their butts wore out .....and filing a police report ???? What a bunch of wusses ..... this would have been handled within the family where it should be ..... this is a total waste of police and court resources.
  • by hmmm on Jan 20, 2011 at 02:18 PM
    My son did something not unlike this; his computer was having problems and he tried to reinstall the antiviral program by going through the vendor. Although I had a paid account the company saved my credit card info under my account (which was identified by the computer connection) and ended up unintentionally buying the product again. He had no idea he had incurred another charge on my credit card. These FB applications save things you don't realize. It is entirely possible that he didn't realize that he was incurring a charge to anybody's account.
  • by you have the best answer on Jan 20, 2011 at 02:15 PM
    Wazzup?-bravo, couldn't have sad it better myself. I might be alittle nicer and let him have a book or2, but only becuase I like to read.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jan 20, 2011 at 01:51 PM
    This 10 yr. old must have seen the steps someone used with the credit card, to go online and purchase something. It's no different than when my son got hold of those Columbia House and BMG CD clubs "get 6 CDs free" envelopes with the free penny in the envelope 'window. My son opened several accounts spelling his name differently. These clubs allowed him to create accounts not knowing he was not 18 yrs. old (the legal age). He was also presented with a credit card at 16 with a $1,000 limit. I called that company and told them how old he was and not to send anymore propoganda; they didn't.
  • by WOW! on Jan 20, 2011 at 12:43 PM
    THERE WAS OTHER ROUTES THESE PARENTS COULD OF TOOK. THEY HAVE JUVENILE PROGRAMS THAT WOULD OF HELPED. NOW HE HAS A RECORD & THAT FOLLOWS HIM EVERYWHERE. & NO IT WILL NEVER BE REMOVED. YALL JUST TANKED HIS FUTURE.
  • by Wazzup? Location: Ayden on Jan 20, 2011 at 12:16 PM
    If this child was mine, it would be a long time before he would be able to sit, and then, it would be an even longer time before he would see the outside world beyond his room. With all the game boys, computers, I-pad, I-phone, television, etc, removed. It would a room with his bed.
  • by Tim Location: Greenville on Jan 20, 2011 at 10:49 AM
    Short of a capital crime, I can think of no reason to envolve one's children in our decrepid court/criminal justice system...there is NO help from a Judge, Juvenile Court Couselor, or a Juvenile Detention Official. However, maybe the kid is a hellion...maybe this is the parents "last resort." Either way, involving him/her in the system is just going to make them WORSE. It would be different if someone could show me evidence that the courts, probation, detention, or prison actually worked to rehabilitate "people." The courts are there to make money for the State and for lawyers. The jails and prisons are there so that criminals can educate their fellow cell-mates on how to commit crimes "better."
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