Two Texas women boarded an airplane in Fort Worth, Texas, in mid-June headed to Idaho for a shopping spree financed, federal prosecutors say, by stolen credit card numbers.
Charmaine D. Montgomery, 23, and Brooke A. Darby, 28, rented a silver Nissan Quest car at the Boise Airport and set off for six Fred Meyer and Home Depot stores in Boise, Meridian and Nampa on June 21.
They allegedly purchased $5,562 worth of gift cards from the stores, using self-checkout lanes. Cards were later recovered by Boise police from the women’s purses, their rental car, a shipping box Montgomery allegedly loaded with cards and an Xbox game system that she planned to mail to her home in Fort Worth and in Montgomery’s shoe.
Montgomery and Darby were each charged with 19 counts of wire fraud, 10 counts of aggravated identity theft and possession of 15 or more counterfeit cards.
They pleaded not guilty during an arraignment Tuesday in federal court in Boise.
If convicted, they face up to 20 years on each of the wire fraud counts, two years mandatory on aggravated identity theft and up to 10 years on the counterfeit card possession charge.
A trial date has not yet been set.
On Tuesday, a Florida woman pleaded guilty in a similar case from early this year.
The following day, a Georgia man who was part of a group of 10 people who pulled off a similar scheme in Boise, Meridian and Garden City, was sentenced to more than two years in prison.