RACINE — One woman has pleaded guilty and another is facing several felony charges after they allegedly stole bank account information from multiple local Educators Credit Union customers and used it to make purchases last summer.
Shadonna L. Turner, 22, of Cicero, Ill., is charged with seven counts of felony personal identity theft, class H felonies and seven counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, a class A misdemeanor.
Laura A. Hall, 23, of Chicago, was charged with 13 counts of misappropriation of an ID to obtain money. She pleaded guilty to the first three counts on March 9 and the remaining counts were dismissed but read in.
According to the criminal complaint:
In June 2017, Turner and Hall made several purchases using the stolen credit card information of Racine and Mount Pleasant area residents.
The fraudulent transactions included purchases at Target for about $50 and $100, as well as at Home Depot, using a Mount Pleasant man’s credit card information and two transactions at Shopko, 4801 Washington Ave., for $274 and $206, using a Racine resident’s information. One transaction also included the purchase of thong underwear.
In speaking with an employee of a local financial institution, an investigator with the Racine Police found that several other accounts had been compromised at about the same time last June. In total, there were eight account holders who had reported their information being stolen.
From video surveillance of transactions made at Shopko and Target, both Hall and Turner were identified as making the purchases using the stolen information.
A complaint against Turner was filed on Nov. 7, and an arrest warrant was issued on Nov. 10, but her first court appearance in the case wasn’t until Thursday.
An adjourned initial appearance in the case is set for 1:30 p.m. on May 3 at the Law Enforcement Center at 717 Wisconsin Ave.
Turner has previously been convicted of fraudulent of credit cards in 2016 in Du Page, Ill., use of a counterfeit credit card and retail theft in Cook County Illinois in 2016 and credit card forgery in Waukesha in 2016.
A sentencing hearing in Hall’s case is set for June 4 at 10 a.m. at the Law Enforcement Center at 717 Wisconsin Ave.