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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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JANUARY 18, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CALIFORNIA WOMAN SENTENCED FOR IDENTITY THEFT


CREDIT CARD FRAUD TARGETED KC AREA STORES

IN THREE-DAY SPENDING SPREE


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Vallejo, Calif., woman was sentenced in federal court today for identity theft after using fraudulent credit cards to purchase nearly $100,000 in merchandise at several Kansas City area Target stores during a three-day spending spree last summer.


            Sharlita Y. Proctor, 31, of Vallejo, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to three years and five months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Johnson to pay $94,220 in restitution.


            On July 16, 2007, Proctor pleaded guilty to identity theft. Proctor admitted that she and Leona Johnson, 32, of Oakland, Calif., used fraudulent credit cards to make purchases at Target and Home Depot stores in the Kansas City area from June 19 to 21, 2007. Johnson pleaded guilty to credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft on Dec. 20, 2007, and awaits sentencing.


            The fraudulent credit cards were given to Proctor by another person in California, who also gave her a list of items to purchase at Target stores. That person told Proctor she would be traveling with Johnson, and directed her to make airline reservations for both women. Proctor met Johnson at the Sacramento airport and the two flew to Kansas City together.


            The two women purchased iPods, gift cards, electronics, and other valuable items with credit card numbers issued to other persons. In exchange for their purchases, the women were to receive a portion of the proceeds.


            Target investigators obtained video surveillance footage of Proctor and Johnson using fraudulent cards in multiple stores. Their vehicle was identified as a rental car from Alamo Rental at Kansas City International Airport, and the women were detained at the airport terminal before boarding their flight back to California.


            More than 10 victims were affected, including Target, Home Depot and at least eight credit card customers (including a victim from the United Kingdom and victims from London, England, as well as New York and Indiana).


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel M. Nelson. It was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service.


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