R.I. rep's husband pleads guilty to credit card fraud

AMHERST – The husband of a Rhode Island state representative pleaded guilty in Milford District Court last week to using another man’s ATM card without permission in Amherst last summer.

Henry Fellela, 50, of 3 Diaz St., Johnston, R.I., pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a credit card. Fellela used the card to obtain $400 at the Granite State Credit Union on Route 101A in Amherst in August. The bank also charged the account $2.50.

Judge Martha Crocker gave Fellela a six-month suspended sentence and ordered him to pay restitution to the credit union, which he has done, according to court records.

Fellela is the husband of state Rep. Deborah Fellela, according to a report in The Providence Journal.

The complaint against Fellela charged that he knew the card was issued to someone else and knew he didn’t have permission to use the card.

Neither the complaint nor the police report explain how Fellela acquired the card or how he accessed the personal identification number for withdrawing cash from the ATM. The victim had no prior contact or relationship with Fellela, Amherst police Chief Peter Lyon told the Journal.