Crime

Georgia man pleads guilty to Boise credit card fraud

Rakeen Anderson, 31, of Atlanta, Ga., pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Anderson was arrested Oct. 6 leaving a Boise Rite-Aid store after grabbing several prepaid gift cards and standing in line. He and co-defendant Brian Treadwell, 25, of Buford, Ga., later got spooked and left the store, when they were apprehended.

Boise police had received tips from several stores the day before of suspicious activity by customers who may have used counterfeit credit cards to make purchases. Store security personnel provided descriptions of the suspects and wrote down the license plate numbers of vehicles they were driving.

Ten suspects, all from Georgia, were arrested.

Treadwell earlier pleaded guilty to the same charge. Both men face up to 20 years each in prison. Treadwell also faces a mandatory 2-year sentence for aggravated identity theft, which will run consecutive to the sentence on the conspiracy count.

Anderson agreed to forfeit nearly $50,000 in cash seized during the arrests. Other defendants have also agreed to forfeit their share of that cash.

Treadwell is scheduled to be sentenced June 16, while Anderson is scheduled to appear in federal court in Boise on Aug. 17.

Eight other defendants have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing in June, July and August.

One other defendant, Kyandre Banks, 34, of Lilburn, Ga., remains a fugitive.

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