Reno woman gets probation for credit card fraud

Elizabeth Carter and Rapphel Johnson should have realized their trip to Boise from their hometown of Reno wouldn’t go swimmingly when they used a counterfeit credit card to book their stay at a Motel 6.

When the charge didn’t go through last September, motel officials contacted Boise police. Officers arrived to find Johnson, 28, tossing several bogus credit cards out the motel room window. The cards had been used to purchase $3,124 in goods from several Boise stores, including T-Mobile, Rite Aid, Subway, Finish Line and Macy’s.

On Tuesday, Carter, 21, was sentenced to three years of probation. She had faced up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in February to one count of credit card fraud.

Twenty-four other counts of credit card fraud, aggravated identity theft and possession of credit card-making equipment were dismissed in exchange for her guilty plea.

Johnson was sentenced in March to two years in prison. He is serving his sentence at a medium-security federal prison in Herlong, Calif.

They are equally responsible for paying back $2,746 in restitution.