3 years for woman after Va. shopping spree

August 13, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va., — Federal prosecutors say an Illinois woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for access device and bank fraud because of her use of counterfeit credit cards in a multi-state shopping spree.

Forty-year-old Sherry Taylor of Crete, Ill., was sentenced Friday. She was convicted in April.

According to trial evidence, Taylor, who lived in the Chicago area, used the fake credit cards and traveled to other states to make large purchases with them.

During a two-day period in September, Taylor bought more than $57,000 worth of computer equipment and cameras at stores in Northern Virginia.

She caused more than $400,000 in losses to credit card companies and stores.

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