Forgery and fraudulent credit card use charges were returned Wednesday afternoon against Paul Harrison Mays Jr. in connection with the alleged use of the card to buy merchandise at a Richmond store.

Mays, no age or address listed, was charged in connection with the alleged use of a stolen credit card Nov. 2 at the Richmond Walmart to purchase $387 in merchandise.

The indictment alleges that Mays signed the cardholder’s name when using the card. At a preliminary hearing in the case, police said Mays was identified as a suspect after surveillance video from a nearby gas station showed a man matching his description attempting to use the card to purchase fuel.

The grand jury dismissed a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon against Mays. Police discovered a .22-caliber rifle in Mays’ attic during a search following his arrest and charged him with firearm possession.

In addition to second-degree forgery and misdemeanor fraudulent use of a credit card, the grand jury returned a first-degree persistent felony offender charge against Mays.

If convicted, Mays could receive an escalated sentence of five to 10 years in prison on the forgery charge as a result of the persistent offender count. The credit card use charge is punishable by up to 12 months in jail if convicted.

Other indictments

• Jerry R. Smith, no age or address listed, on manufacturing methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, Smith could face 10 to 20 years in prison on the manufacturing charge and up to 12 months in jail on the paraphernalia charge. (CKADTF)

• Shelley Lynn Rapier Jr., 33, of Berea, was indicted on three felony counts of second-degree forgery, three misdemeanor counts of attempted fraudulent use of a credit card and a first-degree persistent felony offender charge. If convicted, Rapier could receive escalated sentences of five to 10 years in prison on each of the felony charges. The misdemeanor charges are punishable by up to 12 months in jail. (BPD)

• Deborah K. Payne, 54, of the 100 block of Stevie’s Way, Berea, on two counts of theft by unlawful taking. If convicted, Payne could face up to five years in prison on each count. (RPD)

• Ronald Wade, no age or address listed, on flagrant non-support. If convicted, Wade could receive up to five years in prison.

• Dale William Parsons, no age or address listed, on aggravated driving under the influence, fourth offense. If convicted, Parsons could face up to five years in prison. (BPD)

An indictment is a formal statement of charges and does not imply guilt.

Brian Smith may be reached at bsmith@richmondregister.com or at 624-6694. For breaking news, follow Brian at www.twitter.com/RR_BSmith.

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