Two Fresno women, 1 from Oakhurst, charged with credit card fraud

04/15/2014 7:59 PM

04/15/2014 8:00 PM

Two Fresno County women and another from Oakhurst are being charged in the illegal collection of more than 165 credit card numbers, 25 California driver’s licenses and 25 Social Security numbers to make purchases in the Jackson area, southeast of Sacramento.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner made the announcement Monday. The indictment charges Amanda Nicole Nicoletti, 28, of Clovis; Brittney Janet Booth, 27, of Fresno; and Bobbi Jo Heiss, 27, of Oakhurst. They are suspected of using counterfeit credit cards encoded with stolen credit card numbers in October to purchase numerous items, including jewelry, shoes and cigarettes.

Heiss was arrested April 11 and scheduled to make her first appearance in U.S. District Court in Fresno on April 14, Wagner said. Nicoletti and Booth have not been apprehended.

The women face charges of access device fraud, including conspiracy to commit this fraud, and Nicoletti is also charged with aggravated identity theft, Wagner said.

If convicted, the women face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for access device fraud, and five years in prison for conspiracy to commit access device fraud. If convicted of aggravated identity theft, Nicoletti faces a mandatory minimum of two years in prison.

The case is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Jackson Police Department and Angels Camp Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared C. Dolan is prosecuting the case.

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