New charges added for fake credit card suspect
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By Dave Williams  April 18, 2014 12:00 am

One of the women arrested at the Graton Resort & Casino for using a fake credit card faces additional charges, including felony child endangerment.

Jhona Mathews, 33, of Walnut Creek, was able to make bail, which was set at $10,000, the same day, March 5, she originally was arrested at the casino. When she showed up for her arraignment on April 10, the judge increased her bail to $50,000 and remanded her to custody. She told the judge she had left her 3-year-old daughter unattended in her car.

Deputies immediately left the courtroom and located her daughter in her locked vehicle on the south side of the courthouse. Upon searching her car, deputies found three capped hypodermic syringes loaded with suspected methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia and a notebook containing numerous credit card numbers.

Mathews was booked into Sonoma County Jail for her new charges of felony child endangerment, possession of methamphetamines, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation. Mathews' daughter was turned over to CPS. Deputies requested a bail enhancement from the judge, which was granted. Mathews has a no bail hold due to her probation.

Property crimes detectives were notified of Mathews’ arrest and began an investigation regarding the notebook containing the credit card numbers. Mathews is on misdemeanor probation out of Marin County for credit card fraud.

Her arrest on March 5 touched off an investigation that lead to the arrest of several more suspects, none of whom were from Sonoma County.

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