Michigan man sentenced to nearly 5 years for fraudulent use of credit cards

tpettit@herald-leader.comJanuary 18, 2013 

A Michigan man has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for making purchases with other people's credit cards.

Tyhkan S. Brunson, 34, was sentenced to 57 months for the use of unauthorized credit cards and aggravated identity theft. U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning also ordered Brunson and three co-defendants — Brittany Bell, John Cotton and Adam Sanford —to jointly pay $5,478.76 in restitution.

Brunson and the others drove to Kentucky to use counterfeit credit cards to buy thousands of dollars worth of gift cards from Home Depot, Meijer and Wal-Mart, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office.

The vehicle was stopped by police in Campbell County and officers found 26 counterfeit credit cards. A passenger was also trying to destroy receipts by chewing them.

Cotton was sentenced to 44 months, Bell was sentenced to 42 months and Adam Sanford was sentenced to 24 months.

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