Jan 18, 2013 3:11 PM
A Michigan man was sentenced Friday to 57 months in federal prison for for using other people's credit card information to make purchases at retail stores in Campbell, Kenton and Boone Counties.
U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning sentenced 34-year-old Tyhkan S. Brunson for the use of unauthorized credit cards and aggravated identity theft.
Judge Bunning also ordered Brunson and his co-defendants to jointly pay $5,478.76 in restitution.
Court documents state that in May of 2012, Brunson and three co-defendants possessed counterfeit credit cards bearing legitimate card numbers. In one day's time they drove from Michigan to Kentucky and used the fraudulent cards to purchase thousands of dollars in gift cards and other merchandise from Home Depot, Meijer and Wal-Mart.
According to Brunson's plea agreement, 32 people had their identities stolen and three banks lost money.
When Cold Spring Police in Campbell County conducted a vehicle stop of the defendants, officers located 26 counterfeit credit cards. They also found a co-defendant trying to destroy merchandise receipts by chewing them.
Brunson's co-defendants previously received the following prison sentences: John Cotton, 44 months; Adam Sanford, 24 months, and Brittany Bell, 42 months.
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