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JS man allegedly uses girlfriend’s credit card as she dies from overdose

JERSEY SHORE — Not long after Marina Digenakis was taken by ambulance for what would turn out to be a fatal drug overdose, her boyfriend, Douglas Harding, took her credit card and went on a shopping spree over the next few days, according to borough Deputy Police Officer Jason Bently.

Just before 8 p.m on Aug. 30, police and paramedics rushed to Harding’s Montoursville home at 519 N. Washington St. after Digenakis, of Muncy, went unresponsive, police said.

She was rushed to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center after suffering an overdose, police said.

Court records state that shortly after Digenakis was brought into the hospital, Harding began using her credit card, making several purchases at various stores, beginning at 9:50 that night and continuing overnight, Bently alleged.

By 10:30 the next morning, Harding had allegedly used the woman’s card six times, the officer said.

Between Aug. 30 and Sept. 4, Harding, 29, now living at 36 Harer Park Road, Jersey Shore, made a total of nine purchases on Digenakis’ card, racking up over $800 in charges, Bently said in an affidavit.

Digenakis, who never regained consciousness, died at the hospital on Sept. 9, one week after she turned 37.

Harding, who turned himself in Tuesday morning, was arraigned before District Judge William Solomon on a felony charge of access device fraud and misdemeanor identity theft. He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail.

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