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NC veterinary employee used pet owners' credit cards to spend nearly $12,000, police say

Jennifer Meadows
Jennifer Meadows Clayton Police Department

A Clayton Animal Hospital employee was arrested after allegedly spending thousands of dollars online with pet owners' credit cards.

Clayton police arrested Jennifer Nicole Meadows, 30, of Grovewood Drive in Clayton on Tuesday.

Investigators said Meadows knowingly made more than 200 fraudulent online credit card purchases worth more than $11,760.51 using identification and credit card numbers of pet owners and the animal hospital owner over the course of about a month.

Meadows was charged with 15 counts of obtaining property by false pretense and identity theft after she used credit cards from at least 15 different people to make dozens of purchases online.

The purchases were made on Amazon.com and included Coach purses, a Star Wars Chewbacca figure and a Black & Decker cordless drill, police said.

She was arrested at her home without incident, police said, and taken to the Johnston County jail in Smithfield where she was being held under a $350,000 bond.

Clayton Animal Hospital said on Facebook on Wednesday that Meadows was fired on Dec. 15, 2017.

"This was the first time in thirty plus years that something like this has ever happened to us," the veterinary hospital wrote. "We are beyond sickened that she preyed upon our clients who have entrusted their pets' care to us. The smirk in her mugshot is certainly not a joke to us and we have made every effort possible to lessen the burden on our affected clients."

Clayton police said there may be other victims.

Anyone who is a client of Clayton Animal Hospital on U.S. 70 Business in Clayton and may suspect suspicious credit card charges can contact Clayton police Detective Patrick Millar at 919-550-5341.

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