An Iowa State University student and football player has been charged with the unauthorized use of a credit card that had stemmed from an incident last July 17 in Ames. The student was only charged with aggravated misdemeanour, much to the chagrin of the credit card owner.
David Sims, a history major at Iowa State University and senior defensive back of the Cyclones football team, was charged last July 24 with credit card violation after he was found to have unlawfully used a Visa credit card to make purchases around the town. He had bought some small-ticket items, gas, groceries, and two expensive pairs of shoes worth $400 from Foot Locker.
According to the Cyclones coach, Paul Rhoads, Sims would face disciplinary action and be handled internally within the university's athletics department and football program. Sims would also be removed from his co-captain position and be suspended indefinitely from the team.
Coach Rhoads also stated at the Big 12 Media Days last July 26 that Sims would remain on the depth chart, and he would still be on the team even in the worst-case scenario. But whether Sims would be allowed to practice, Coach Rhoads was not available to comment on that matter. Meanwhile, Sims' status on whether he would play on the season opener game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 2 at Jack Trice Stadium or not is still uncertain.
Veronica Gonzalez, the owner of the visa credit card that Sims had used, reported last July 17 that her credit had been stolen. She had given the card to her son who had taken it to Ames and, at some point during his visit there, the card was stolen and was used to make purchases in a number of establishments in Ames.
Gonzales said she was disappointed with the carelessness of the Foot Locker branch where Sims had made two purchases of a pair of sneakers that are each worth more than $200. She said that there should have at least been, in the Foot Locker store, an alert on how Sims had bought the two pairs of expensive sneakers within an hour.
Gonzales' Visa credit card was not signed on the back, instead there is "See I.D." written there that requires retailers to check the card owner's I.D. to verify identification. And the problem was that Sims had managed to allegedly use the card, which was signed for not only another person but also a person of a different gender, to make purchases.
Gonzales was also unhappy and disappointed with the charges that were given to Sims, in which she complained that Sims had taken more than just money from her account but also her salary for this month because the card was debit. She also complained that there should be identity theft and forgery added to the charges.