9 sentenced after pleading guilty in credit card fraud

Published: Mar. 11, 2014 at 8:58 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Nine people have been sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to their involvement in a credit card fraud.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Columbia announced the sentencing Tuesday. Judge Cameron Currie sentenced Shamal Thompson and Tymaree Conyers to 60 months in prison. Shykim Williams was sentenced to 54 months in prison. Currie sentenced Adriana Barnwell, Amena Chinn, Biyana Harvey, Markall Johnson, Pattamas Jones, Chezarie Kelly and Akila Brunson to 24 months.

Prosecutors in the Richland, Lexington and Greenville County Solicitor's Offices are working on additional indictments in the case.

The U.S. Attorney's office says the group was part of a conspiracy that stole credit card numbers using a handheld skimmer device when cards were used at stores, restaurants and parking sites in the Columbia area. Evidence showed the stolen information was used to buy merchandise and gift cards at stores.

Investigators say more than $361,000 in fraudulent charges were made and about 1,800 accounts were compromised.

Investigators with the Secret Service, SLED, Richland County Sheriff's Department, Greenville County Sheriff's Department and Lexington County Sheriff's Department worked on the case.

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