Woman admits credit card fraud

2011-04-18T16:30:00Z 2011-04-18T21:50:11Z Woman admits credit card fraudGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
April 18, 2011 4:30 pm  • 

A Billings woman admitted Monday to using her future father-in-law's credit card to make nearly $6,000 in unauthorized purchases.

Brittany Marie Sterna-Lanaghan, 20, appeared before District Judge Gregory Todd and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of deceptive practices by common scheme.

Sterna-Lanaghan admitted that, between late September and early November last year, she made unauthorized purchases on her prospective father-in-law's credit card totaling more than $1,500. She said the purchases were made at several Billings retail stores.

A plea agreement calls for prosecutors and Sterna-Lanaghan's public defender to recommend a six-year deferred sentence and a $500 fine. The agreement also states that the attorneys will suggest that Sterna-Lanaghan write a letter of apology and be ordered to pay $5,776 in restitution.

Todd set a sentencing hearing for June 20. Sterna-Lanaghan remains free without bond.

Sterna-Lanaghan was charged March 1 on allegations that she used her future father in law's credit card to make 55 unauthorized transactions, including purchases related to her wedding.      

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