Student sentenced in credit card scheme
Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 7:01 pm
KNOXVILLE (AP) — A student who was just a few credits away from earning a PhD at the University of Georgia has been sentenced to 70 months in prison in a credit card scam.
According to court documents, 25 -year-old Carlton Lewis directed a scheme in which waitresses at restaurants around the Southeast would skim credit card numbers from customers.
Lewis and other defendants would make counterfeit cards with the stolen numbers and use them to purchase gift cards and merchandise.
Lewis pleaded guilty to conspiracy, and aggravated identity theft and three counts of fraud. He was sentenced on Friday as part of a plea agreement, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/sWVboh).
Five other suspects have pleaded guilty in connection with the scheme. Lewis is the first to be sentenced.
Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com Published in The Messenger 12.12.11