Simpsonville woman pleads guilty in gift card conspiracy case

Simpsonville, SC - COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - A Simpsonville woman faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to use stolen credit card numbers in federal court Thursday.

U.S. Attorney William N. Nettles said the plea of Tanya M. Smith, 29, was accepted by U.S. District Judge G. Ross Anderson Jr. The woman is expected to be sentenced after Anderson reviews a pre-sentence report prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Evidence established in court revealed Smith and a group of co-conspirators obtained stolen credit card numbers and used them to purchase large quantities of gift cards from Belk, Wal-Mart and Macy's.

Investigators allege Smith's co-conspirators also sold a number of the gift cards for a fraction of their face value to others, resulting in a net profit for themselves.

At the time of Smith's arrest, she was found in possession with more than 50 gift cards that had been purchased with the stolen credit card numbers.

Smith faces up to five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine for her charge.

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