Jul 20, 2015

Theft and misuse of judge’s credit card results in daughter’s arrest

A Cody woman is alleged to have stolen a credit card from her father — a local judge — and made nearly $2,500 worth of unauthorized charges over a span of two weeks.

Martha Meghan Cranfill, 31, is charged with a felony count of unlawful use of a credit card.

Cranfill was arrested shortly after the alleged unauthorized charges were discovered by her father — Fifth Judicial District Court Judge Steven Cranfill — and reported to Cody police earlier this month.

Martha Meghan Cranfill
Meghan Cranfill remained in the Park County Detention Center on Monday, awaiting a preliminary hearing. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.

She is alleged to have stolen the VISA card from her parents’ home and made $2,477.39 in unapproved charges at gas stations, restaurants and motels in and around Cody between June 24 and July 7.

Charging documents say Judge Cranfill reported the allegations to Cody Police Detective Jason Stafford on July 7. Stafford confronted Meghan Cranfill that day at a motel room she was renting with the stolen card, the detective wrote in an affidavit used to support the case.

During the interview, Meghan Cranfill recalled that she “did not know what to do because she needed money, so she went to where she knew her dad kept a credit card and took it,” Stafford wrote. The detective arrested her that day.

At a July 10 appearance in Park County Circuit Court, Meghan Cranfill said she is currently unemployed.

“I've just had a hard time,” she said.

Deputy Park County Prosecuting Attorney Sam Krone recommended the $10,000 bond, citing some past criminal history. Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters agreed after Meghan Cranfill described the figure as “fully acceptable.”

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