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.