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Slain Greenville couple's housekeeper pleads guilty to fraud

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Shirley Rogers looks away from the cameras as she walks into the federal courthouse in Greenville with her lawyer. (Nov. 29, 2012/FOX Carolina) Shirley Rogers looks away from the cameras as she walks into the federal courthouse in Greenville with her lawyer. (Nov. 29, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Jonathan Rhodes (Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office) Jonathan Rhodes (Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office)
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The former housekeeper of an elderly Greenville couple who was found dead in their home last year pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges Tuesday.

Deputies said 78-year-old Gary Wells and his wife, 77-year-old Helen, were found stabbed to death in their Terramont Drive home Oct. 3, 2012. They said the couple's bodies were found by their housekeeper, Shirley Rogers.

About a week later, deputies arrested Rogers and charged her with bank card and identity fraud. They said Rogers used Helen Wells' bank card without her permission.

During an interview with FOX Carolina about the local charges, Rogers denied stealing money from the Wells'. She said she would never have done anything to the couple, who has helped her so much over the last five years.

A couple of weeks after her arrest, Rogers was arrested a second time by federal agents. At that time, Rogers said the charges were in connection with Helen Wells.

In November, Rogers was arraigned on federal charges of credit card fraud, stolen mail and aggravated identity theft. She ran out of the courthouse after the hearing, using her coat to cover her head as she scurried past the media.

On Tuesday, federal prosecutors said Rogers pleaded guilty to fraudulently using another person's debit card without permission and using another person's name and personal identification number to complete the debit card fraud.

Prosecutors said evidence showed that Rogers activated a debit card via her mobile phone on Sept. 7, 2012, that had been sent to the couple's home the month before. They said Rogers also used a phone to make an inquiry into the balance of the account to which the debit card was linked. They said that on Sept. 17, 2012, Rogers returned the card to the couple at the couple's bank. They said Rogers admitted to mistakenly using the card.

Rogers used the card 15 times to buy more than $1,000 in goods and services, according to federal prosecutors.

Rogers faces up to 17 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both. A date for sentencing was not immediately released.

Jonathan Rhodes, an acquaintance of Rogers, has been charged in connection with the Wells' death.

Deputies have said Rogers is not a suspect in the Wells' death.

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