Fairview Heights, IL (KSDK) - Two Metro East women were sentenced Monday for their roles in a credit card "skimming" operation in Alton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton said.
According to court documents, 32-year-old Jamie Erwin of Glen Carbon and 22-year-old Shadwonna Bausily of Alton stole credit card information of customers of Amarillo Tex's Steakhouse in Alton in 2010. Bausily and Erwin each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud in June 2010.
Bausily told police she was working as a hostess at Amarillo Tex's Steakhouse in 2010. Her boyfriend, identified as Miltiano Johnson, taught Bausily how to use a credit card skimmer and recruited her to help him get credit information from customers.
Erwin, who was working as a waitress at Amarillo Tex's Steakhouse, admitted to being approached to help Bausily and Johnson in their scheme.
When Miltiano Johnson got the skimmer returned to him full of customer credit card numbers, he transferred the account information onto prepaid credit cards. Johnson and his wife, identified as Carlene Johnson, would use the cards encoded with the stolen data to buy items in stores across the St. Louis metro area. Johnson also got a friend, Michael Montgomery, involved in the scheme.
Shadwonna Bausily was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay restitution. Jamie Erwin was sentenced to a five-year term of probation and also ordered to pay restitution.
Meanwhile, Miltiano Johnson was sentenced to 57 months in prison in July 2011. Michael Montgomery was sentenced to one year and one day in prison on November 4, 2011. Carlene Johnson, Miltiano's wife, is waiting re-sentencing on September 28.