St. Louis Woman Sentenced to 24 Months for Conspiracy to Commit Access Device Fraud
A St. Louis, Missouri, woman was sentenced on November 18, 2011, in federal district court in East St. Louis to 24 months in federal prison as a result of her conviction for Conspiracy to Commit Access Device Fraud, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Carlene Nicole Johnson, 29, was further placed on a three year term of supervised release following her imprisonment, fined $815.00, required to pay $2,619.66 in restitution, and given a $100.00 special assessment. This conviction resulted from Johnson’s entry of a guilty plea to the charge on July 20, 2011.
Information stated in open court at the time of her guilty plea indicated that other members of the conspiracy used a skimmer device to transfer the credit card numbers of customers at Amarillo Tex’s Steakhouse in Alton, Illinois. After the numbers were transferred to new cards, Johnson used credit cards she knew were not issued to her to purchase items at various stores located in Illinois and Missouri.
This case was brought by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cybercrimes Task Force and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ranley R. Killian.