A Fayette County grand jury this week indicted four Chicago women on more than 100 charges of using forged credit cards.
Riquitta Sheree King, 29; Tara Washington, 27; Patricia A. Smith, 25; and Shanequa Shantell Tyson, 23, together are charged with one count of trafficking in financial information, one count of false making/embossing of credit and debit cards, 101 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, one count of possession of a forgery device, and one count of tampering with evidence, according to Fayette Circuit Court documents.
The women, according to the documents, "knowingly and unlawfully encoded information on (102) cards without authorization of the named user," and had "knowledge that it was forged, and with the intent to defraud, deceive or injure another, they uttered and/or possessed the card."
The women were arrested Jan. 21 after a traffic stop on Old Frankfort Circle. The stop was initiated because police were notified of four women acting strangely while making numerous credit card transactions.
As a result of the traffic stop, police found 92 credit cards that had stolen credit card information, the documents said; 45 of the cards were found at a Lexington hotel where the women were staying, and 47 cards were found on the side of the road.
A credit card reading device revealed that several of the cards had magnetic strips that had been altered to contain account numbers belonging to other people.
King was being held in the Fayette County jail on $116,500 bail. Washington was being held in the jail on $40,000 bail. They are scheduled to appear in court April 2.
Smith was released from jail Jan. 28 on $400 bail.
An arrest warrant was issued for Tyson. If arrested, her bond is set at $260,000.
Smith and Tyson are scheduled to appear in court April 10.