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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Hampshire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Boston Woman Sentenced To Prison For Credit Card Scam

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Lois Patricia Patton (a/k/a “Trida” and Lois Patton-Haynes), 45, of Boston was sentenced in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to 54 months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with her participation in a fraudulent credit card scheme, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.

            In April 2014, Patton conspired with others to purchase gift cards and high value merchandise at retail box stores in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Georgia using retail credit card accounts and lines of credit that she and her co-conspirators opened in the names of others without their authorization or knowledge.  Patton and others involved in the scheme opened the credit card accounts and lines of credit using misappropriated personal identifying information and false identification cards and used disguises to help facilitate some of the illegal transactions.

            The investigation of Patton’s offenses was conducted and coordinated by the Boston office of the U.S. Secret Service and the Medway (Mass.) and Cambridge (Mass.) Police Departments.  The Massachusetts State Police and local police departments in Acton, Ayer, Bedford, Boston, Brookline, Cohasset, Dover, Groton, Lincoln, Littleton, Medfield, Medford, Norton, Plymouth, Reading, Sudbury, Sutton, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, Watertown, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston and Westwood, Massachusetts, and Hollis, New Hampshire, also assisted in the investigation.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Morse.

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Updated April 10, 2015