A Montana woman has been sentenced to 33 months in prison and three years probation following her sentence for fraud.
and identity theft, according to the Associate Press. Erin Lee Stewart pleaded guilty to the charges in February, and was convicted on Friday in a Missoula court.
During 2007 and 2008, Stewart was a manager at the Big Sky Resort restaurant. It was there that she lifted the personal information of at least five people. She then used that information to open credit credit cards accounts and make fraud.
She spent over $6,800 on various items, including a new laptop computer. Stewart will end up paying out more than she stole, as she has been ordered to pay $7,185 in restitution fees, the news source reports.
Credit card theft is a dangerous crime, but unfortunately not an uncommon one. Many people have their information stolen from their wallets or purses. The best way to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft is to use your own money to pay for purchases, rather than credit cards. When shopping online, there are services that will work to keep your personal information safe while you browse and buy.