Norma W. Cunningham, a longtime deputy Circuit Court clerk in Alexandria, and her daughter, who has the same name, have been indicted by a Alexandria grand jury on forgery and credit card fraud charges involving the alleged receipt of more than $1,600 worth of meals, gasoline and merchandise.

The elder Cunningham has been placed on administrative leave, according to the Circuit Court clerk's office.

In the indictments returned Friday, the elder Cunningham, who lives at 1420 Key Dr., Alexandria, is charged with one count of felonious use of a "Visa" credit card belonging to Judith A. Detwiler, a Cunningham neighbor. She is also charged with one count of forgery of a document giving her daughter permission to use Detwiler's credit cards and automobile while Detwiler was hospitalized. That document also willed Detwiler's auto to the younger Cunningham in the event of her death, according to court papers.

The younger Cunningham, who is 34 and lives at her mother's address, is charged with 11 counts of credit card theft and fraud in the use Detwiler's credit cards, as well as forgery of the document. According to court papers, the younger Cunningham used six different credit cards belonging to Detwiler between last October and January to purchase meals in local restaurants, gasoline, photographic equipment, prescriptions and clothing.

The younger Cunningham was admitted to Alexandria Hospital on Friday for an unspecified reason, and was listed in good condition there yesterday.